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*** In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyondReturnOfTheJoker'', Terry is contemptuously dismissed by the Joker before their final confrontation:

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*** ** In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyondReturnOfTheJoker'', Terry is contemptuously dismissed by the Joker before their final confrontation:
25th Apr '17 2:47:51 PM AthenaBlue
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* ''Film/BillyJack'' catches a lot of his, as the page quote shows.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** The cantina scene in ''Film/ANewHope''. A couple of criminals don't take too kindly to Luke Skywalker, and probably don't think the old guy with him would be much help in a fight. A few seconds later someone's lost an arm. Shortly afterwards, Greedo the Rodian bounty hunter thinks he has smuggler Han Solo helplessly cornered. Unfortunately for him, Han prepares his blaster under the table, which he fries him with.
** Jabba the Hutt came to power during the Republic's heyday. He survived the Clone Wars. He was positively ''thriving'' with the Empire. The Rebellion and Luke Skywalker probably seemed small potatoes compared to them. He was wrong.
** Yoda was severly underestimated by both Count Dooku in ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'' and by Palpatine in ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith''. While the latter managed to take the win, it wasn't an easy one.
* In ''Film/TheRundown'', The Rock plays a "retrieval expert", and in the opening scene a client has sent him to collect a debt from a professional football player. Having approached the player in a club, he gets a drink thrown in his face before looking round to see that half the team has surrounded him. Sighing, he explains that they can do this the easy way or the hard way -- they choose the hard way. Cue one guy beating up seven or eight huge athletes with ease.
* In ''Film/ShaolinSoccer'', Mighty Steel Leg is beaten up in a bar because he's not allowed to fight back. The same thugs meet him on the street and throw insults. One of them throws a football at him, he kicks it back HARD.
** Later, the film's antagonist actually pays the shaolin's team entry fee because they look too pathetic to be any threat to his team.
* ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}''
** The biker punks of the original ''Film/TheTerminator'' learned the hard way that they were TooDumbToLive when he wanted clothes. They're lucky that the Terminator in question just let them live. Well, mostly.
** ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay''. The T-800 walks into a bar in the buff, tells some punk to give him his clothes and his motorcycle. The punk starts a fight. Guess what happens?
* The ''Film/{{Zatoichi}}'' series in Japan lives on the basis that people are always underestimating Zatoichi because he is blind, but is really an extremely deadly swordsman.



* ''Film/UnderSiege'': Casey Ryback? Yeah, he's [[Creator/StevenSeagal just a cook]].
* ''Film/SecondhandLions'': When Hub is harassed by a group of ne'er-do-well greasers in a tavern, he not only kicks their asses (FOUR to ONE) but takes them home with him and teaches them what it means to be a man. Bad. Ass.

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* ''Film/UnderSiege'': Casey Ryback? Yeah, he's [[Creator/StevenSeagal ''Film/BillyJack'' catches a lot of this, as the page quote shows.
* ''Franchise/TheChroniclesOfRiddick'': Considering the reputation Riddick has, being more or less the single most wanted person in the galaxy and arguably the most dangerous, it's ''amazing'' how many people seem eager to pick a fight with him. Bounty hunters, lawmen, criminals, Necromongers. Even when they have superior numbers, they're never enough. Even when all he has is a tea-cup, that
just a cook]].
* ''Film/SecondhandLions'': When Hub is harassed by a group of ne'er-do-well greasers in a tavern, he not only kicks their asses (FOUR to ONE) but takes them home with him and teaches them what it
means he gets [[CoolAndUnusualPunishment creative]] with how he [[CruelAndUnusualDeath kills]]. Eventually, the survivors learn, until the next batch shows up.
* Almost a running gag in Christopher Nolan's ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga'', even among people who theoretically know what they're dealing with:
** ''Film/TheDarkKnight'': When the Joker appears, Batman, somewhat hypocritically, dismisses him as just one man who couldn't possibly be more dangerous than the mob. He ends up destroying quite a bit of the city, [[EvilerThanThou putting the last nail into the mob's coffin]], [[NearVillainVictory almost doing the same for Batman]], and [[TheCorrupter drives Harvey Dent to madness.]]
** ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'': Batman, who has been out of action for roughly eight years, gets back in the batsuit, and is able to hunt down and capture several League of Shadow members who were trying to escape a bank robbery. The primary villain Bane manages to get away. Batman dismisses Bane as just another one of Ra's al Ghul's flunkies. When Bruce and Alfred review tapes of Bane's assault on the bank, Bruce brushes away Alfred's assessment of Bane's combat abilities, stating that he'll simply "fight harder". He teams up with Catwoman to go underground and take out Bane, only
to be outsmarted by Bane and lured into a man. Bad. Ass.trap. It's only thanks to the ensuing CurbStompBattle that Batman realizes just how dangerous Bane really is.
* In ''Film/DraculaUntold'', the Ottomans dismiss Vlad's past as "the Impaler" as being "what [he was]". Several of them get [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice impaled]] for it.
* ''Film/FreddyVsJason'': Freddy spends most of the film utterly contemptuous of Jason, calling him "a big, stupid dog who won't stop eating." He begins to realize his mistake when Jason effortlessly tanks his initial assault in the dream world, then completely falls apart when he [[OhCrap finds himself in the real world, with a]] ''[[OhCrap very]]'' [[OhCrap angry Jason bearing down on him.]]
* In ''Film/{{Godzilla 2014}}'', Admiral Stenz has some doubts about Godzilla's ability to defeat the Mutos, in spite of chasing one of the Muto out of Honolulu and hardly being affected by the Navy's gunnery in San Francisco Bay.
* When the title character of ''Film/{{Hancock}}'' is serving time in prison, he is accosted by some thugs he'd gotten thrown in there. They attempt to threaten him, [[TooDumbToLive apparently forgetting]] that Hancock is a superhero on par with {{Superman}}, but with none of his sense of fair play or justice.
-->'''Hancock:''' [[BadassBoast If you don't move, your head is going up his ass. Y'all fellas sure you wanna ride this train?]]
-->'''Matrix:''' [[TemptingFate Choo choo, asshole...]]
--> ''(What follows is extremely painful... not to mention humiliating, as Hancock [[NotHyperbole wasn't exaggerating when he made]] [[AssShove that threat]]. [[{{Squick}} OUCH!]])''



* ''Film/KingsmanTheSecretService'':
** Galahad is underestimated by a group of thugs who tell him to leave so they can jump Eggsy. Instead of leaving, he locks the doors and knocks them all out.
** [[spoiler:Arthur himself get this treatment when he underestimates Eggsy, who had switched out his poisoned drink]].
** Eggsy is underestimated by his stepdad and accompanying thugs, none of whom realise that Eggsy is fresh from Kingsman training and [[spoiler: ''saving the world'']]. [[OhNoNotAgain The thugs get worried]] after they see him lock the doors like Galahad did earlier.
%% ** Some thugs with a beef with Eggsy make this mistake after calling Harry Hart a grandpa. He had had a very emotional day and needed to let off a little steam.
* In ''Film/KnockaroundGuys'' local big shot Brucker seriously underestimates [[Creator/VinDiesel Taylor]], and gets this little speech and a [[CurbStompBattle serious beat down]] for his trouble:
--> '''Taylor:''' 500.
--> '''Brucker:''' 500 what, douche bag?
--> '''Taylor:''' 500 fights, that's the number I figured when I was a kid. 500 street fights and you could consider yourself a legitimate tough guy. You need them for experience. To develop leather skin. So I got started. Of course along the way you stop thinking about being tough and all that. It stops being the point. You get past the silliness of it all. But then, after, you realize that's what you are.
* Elle in ''Film/LegallyBlonde'' is constantly underestimated and looked down on, simply because most people see her as a DumbBlonde. She proves them all wrong when she got into Harvard with a 179 (one mark away from the perfect test) score on the LSAT and again, when she used her knowledge of haircare, to win her first case. And she was only a first year law student!
* The entire plot of ''Film/MajorPayne'' is fuelled by the [[RagTagBunchOfMisfits R.O.T.C. Boys]] repeatedly underestimating just how Badass [[OneManArmy Major]] [[DrillSergeantNasty Payne]] actually is. They hit him with enough laxative to "take out an entire football team" and it merely makes him gassy. They try to snap [[MistakenForPedophile incriminating photos]] while he sleeps, but he ''sleeps with his eyes open''. They send a biker after him, and Payne calmly claims he's going to "put his boot across the left side of the biker's face" and proceeds to do [[CurbStompBattle exactly that]].
* Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse:
** Captain America in ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'', shortly after becoming a super soldier, thanks in part to [[spoiler:Dr. Erskine's death]], he was pretty much placed onto a USO entertainment group seeing how they don't really have much of a use for the supersoldier program. When entertaining American troops in Italy, the soldiers were not impressed with his performance (one of the soldiers was also implied to have mooned him, and they eventually pelt tomatoes at him while demanding for the girls to return). Of course, after he singlehandedly rescued 400 soldiers in one of Schmidt's bases, they began to realize he really is that badass.
** In ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'', Loki starts ranting at the Hulk as a mindless brute and his inferior. While this is an incredibly stupid act on anyone's part, Loki is quite arrogant, egotistical, and most importantly, a god. The idea that the Hulk could take him probably never entered into his mind. The Hulk proceeds to beat the "puny god" down like a [[MetronomicManMashing freaking rag doll.]]
** ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'': At the beginning of the airport battle, nobody on Team Iron Man seems to take Ant-Man's size-change powers seriously. Before the fight is over he manages to overpower Black Widow, nearly disable every weapon in Tony's suit, and [[spoiler: almost single-handedly enable Cap and Bucky's escape by unveiling his new growth powers to turn into a giant and force Team Iron Man to focus all of their attacks on him.]]



* ''Film/TheNextKarateKid'': Ned is shocked to the heavens when Julie, his ButtMonkey for much of the film, utterly ''wrecks'' him in the climax.
* ''Film/RomeoIsBleeding'': When Jack first meets Mona, he's expecting to be impressed due to her fearsome reputation, but he "doesn't see it." She deadpans, "Keep lookin'."
* In ''Film/TheRundown'', The Rock plays a "retrieval expert", and in the opening scene a client has sent him to collect a debt from a professional football player. Having approached the player in a club, he gets a drink thrown in his face before looking round to see that half the team has surrounded him. Sighing, he explains that they can do this the easy way or the hard way -- they choose the hard way. Cue one guy beating up seven or eight huge athletes with ease.
* ''Film/SecondhandLions'': When Hub is harassed by a group of ne'er-do-well greasers in a tavern, he not only kicks their asses (FOUR to ONE) but takes them home with him and teaches them what it means to be a man. Bad. Ass.
* In ''Film/ShaolinSoccer'', Mighty Steel Leg is beaten up in a bar because he's not allowed to fight back. The same thugs meet him on the street and throw insults. One of them throws a football at him, he kicks it back HARD.
** Later, the film's antagonist actually pays the Shaolin team's entry fee because they look too pathetic to be any threat to his team.
* ''Film/TheSpecialist''. The bus is crowded. Ray Quick gets up from his seat to give it to a nice pregnant straphanging lady. One member of a group of punks instantly jumps into the seat. Even though Ray is built like a refrigerator with a head, the punk tells him "Fuck you" when Ray says "That seat's taken." His boys have got his back, after all. HilarityEnsues, and the lady gets the seat.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek''
** ''Film/StarTrekIVTheVoyageHome''. Another "punk on a bus" moment. This guy likes his boombox ''loud'', and he's not going to turn it down for anybody, let alone this older guy in his pajamas or his weird friend wearing a bathrobe and headband. So he responds to the guy's request to turn the thing down by turning it ''up'', and giving him a [[FlippingTheBird one-finger salute]]. Then he becomes aware that the bathrobe guy is reaching for his ne--
** In ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'', when being questioned by Kirk, John Harrison makes a snide comment about Spock being a Vulcan and how Spock wouldn't know savagery like him. [[spoiler: Spock proves him wrong when he delivers a brutal beatdown on Harrison/Khan after Kirk's death]]. There is a good reason why Vulcans suppress their emotions.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** The cantina scene in ''Film/ANewHope''. A couple of criminals don't take too kindly to Luke Skywalker, and probably don't think the old guy with him would be much help in a fight. A few seconds later someone's lost an arm. Shortly afterwards, Greedo the Rodian bounty hunter thinks he has smuggler Han Solo helplessly cornered. Unfortunately for him, Han prepares his blaster under the table, which he fries him with.
** Jabba the Hutt came to power during the Republic's heyday. He survived the Clone Wars. He was positively ''thriving'' with the Empire. The Rebellion and Luke Skywalker probably seemed small potatoes compared to them. He was wrong.
** Yoda was severly underestimated by both Count Dooku in ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'' and by Palpatine in ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith''. While the latter managed to take the win, it wasn't an easy one.
* ''Film/{{Tap}}'' (1988): "But since you ain't got no legs..."
-->'''Mo:''' You know what this young man said? We ain't got no legs! Dat means, I ain't got no legs, you ain't got no legs, and dem men in there ain't got no legs! Now what's dat sound like to you?
-->'''Sandman:''' ''A challenge!''
** And the rest of the gang comes storming in to show Max a thing or two.
* ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}''
** The biker punks of the original ''Film/TheTerminator'' learned the hard way that they were TooDumbToLive when he wanted clothes. They're lucky that the Terminator in question just let them live. Well, mostly.
** ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay''. The T-800 walks into a bar in the buff, and tells some punk to give him his clothes and his motorcycle. The punk starts a fight. Guess what happens?



* Captain America in ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'', shortly after becoming a super soldier, thanks in part to [[spoiler:Dr. Erskine's death]], he was pretty much placed onto a USO entertainment group seeing how they don't really have much of a use for the supersoldier program. When entertaining American troops in Italy, the soldiers were not impressed with his performance (one of the soldiers was also implied to have mooned him, and they eventually pelt tomatoes at him while demanding for the girls to return). Of course, after he singlehandedly rescued 400 soldiers in one of Schmidt's bases, they began to realize he really is that badass.
* Happens surprisingly often within ''Series/{{Airwolf}}''. Of course, most people don't count on a helicopter being more well-armored than a tank, being capable of flying at speeds up to Mach 2.5, flying into the stratosphere, and carrying enough firepower to wipe a small country off the face of the earth.
** According to Tang Von Soong (referring to String, who is perhaps the world's best combat pilot), "Fortunately such people have little stomach for the nature of war".
** Also happened with Robert Winchester, who was able to give String a run for his money in the Airwolf Simulator. The Firm restricted his role from potential Airwolf pilot to scientist because he didn't quite have the same "natural talent" for flying that String had.
* When the title character of ''Film/{{Hancock}}'' is serving time in prison, he is accosted by some thugs he'd gotten thrown in there. They attempt to threaten him, [[TooDumbToLive apparently forgetting]] that Hancock is a superhero on par with {{Superman}}, but with none of his sense of fair play or justice.
-->'''Hancock:''' [[BadassBoast If you don't move, your head is going up his ass. Y'all fellas sure you wanna ride this train?]]
-->'''Matrix:''' [[TemptingFate Choo choo, asshole...]]
--> ''(What follows is extremely painful... not to mention humiliating, as Hancock [[NotHyperbole wasn't exaggerating when he made]] [[AssShove that threat]]. [[{{Squick}} OUCH!]])''
* ''Film/{{Tap}}'' (1988): "But since you ain't got no legs..."
-->'''Mo:''' You know what this young man said? We ain't got no legs! Dat means, I ain't got no legs, you ain't got no legs, and dem men in there ain't got no legs! Now what's dat sound like to you?
-->'''Sandman:''' ''A challenge!''
** And the rest of the gang comes storming in to show Max a thing or two.
* In ''Film/KnockaroundGuys'' local big shot Brucker seriously underestimates [[Creator/VinDiesel Taylor]], and gets this little speech and a [[CurbStompBattle serious beat down]] for his trouble:
--> '''Taylor:''' 500.
--> '''Brucker:''' 500 what, douche bag?
--> '''Taylor:''' 500 fights, that's the number I figured when I was a kid. 500 street fights and you could consider yourself a legitimate tough guy. You need them for experience. To develop leather skin. So I got started. Of course along the way you stop thinking about being tough and all that. It stops being the point. You get past the silliness of it all. But then, after, you realize that's what you are.
* In ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'', Loki starts ranting at the Hulk as a mindless brute and his inferior. While this is an incredibly stupid act on anyone's part, Loki is quite arrogant, egotistical, and most importantly, a god. The idea that the Hulk could take him probably never entered into his mind. The Hulk proceeds to beat the "puny god" down like a [[MetronomicManMashing freaking rag doll.]]
* Almost a running gag in Christopher Nolan's ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga'', even among people who theoretically know what they're dealing with:
** ''Film/TheDarkKnight'': When the Joker appears, Batman, somewhat hypocritically, dismisses him as just one man who couldn't possibly be more dangerous than the mob. He ends up destroying quite a bit of the city, [[EvilerThanThou putting the last nail into the mob's coffin]], [[NearVillainVictory almost doing the same for Batman]], and [[TheCorrupter drives Harvey Dent to madness.]]
** ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'': Batman, who has been out of action for roughly eight years, gets back in the batsuit, and is able to hunt down and capture several League of Shadow members who were trying to escape a bank robbery. The primary villain Bane manages to get away. Batman dismisses Bane as just another one of Ra's al Ghul's flunkies. When Bruce and Alfred review tapes of Bane's assault on the bank, Bruce brushes away Alfred's assessment of Bane's combat abilities, stating that he'll simply "fight harder". He teams up with Catwoman to go underground and take out Bane, only to be outsmarted by Bane and lured into a trap. It's only thanks to the ensuing CurbStompBattle that Batman realizes just how dangerous Bane really is.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek''
** ''Film/StarTrekIVTheVoyageHome''. Another "punk on a bus" moment. This guy likes his boombox ''loud'', and he's not going to turn it down for anybody, let alone this older guy in his pajamas or his weird friend wearing a bathrobe and headband. So he responds to the guy's request to turn the thing down by turning it ''up'', and giving him a [[FlippingTheBird one-finger salute]]. Then he becomes aware that the bathrobe guy is reaching for his ne--
** In ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'', when being questioned by Kirk, John Harrison makes a snide comment about Spock being a Vulcan and how Spock wouldn't know savagery like him. [[spoiler: Spock proves him wrong when he delivers a brutal beatdown on Harrison/Khan after Kirk's death]]. There is a good reason why Vulcans suppress their emotions.
* Elle in ''Film/LegallyBlonde'' is constantly underestimated and looked down on, simply because most people see her as a DumbBlond. She proves them all wrong when she got into Harvard with a 179 (one mark away from the perfect test) score on the LSAT and again, when she used her knowledge of haircare, to win her first case. And she was only a first year law student!
* In ''Film/{{Godzilla 2014}}'', Admiral Stenz has some doubts about Godzilla's ability to defeat the Mutos, in spite of chasing one of the Muto out of Honolulu and hardly being affected by the Navy's gunnery in San Francisco Bay.
* Considering the reputation that [[Franchise/TheChroniclesOfRiddick Riddick]] has, being more or less the most wanted single person in the galaxy and arguably the most dangerous, it's ''amazing'' how many people seem eager to pick a fight with him. Bounty hunters, lawmen, criminals, Necromongers. Even when they have superior numbers, they're never enough. Even when all he has is a tea-cup, that just means he gets [[CoolAndUnusualPunishment creative]] with how he [[CruelAndUnusualDeath kills]]. Eventually, the survivors learn, until the next batch shows up.
* ''Film/RomeoIsBleeding'': When Jack first meets Mona, he's expecting to be impressed due to her fearsome reputation, but he "doesn't see it." She deadpans, "Keep lookin'."
* ''Film/KingsmanTheSecretService'':
** Galahad is underestimated by a group of thugs who tell him to leave so they can jump Eggsy. Instead of leaving, he locks the doors and knocks them all out.
** [[spoiler:Arthur himself get this treatment when he underestimates Eggsy, who had switched out his poisoned drink]].
** Eggsy is underestimated by his stepdad and accompanying thugs, none of whom realise that Eggsy is fresh from Kingsman training and [[spoiler: ''saving the world'']]. [[OhNoNotAgain The thugs get worried]] after they see him lock the doors like Galahad did earlier.
%% ** Some thugs with a beef with Eggsy make this mistake after calling Harry Hart a grandpa. He had had a very emotional day and needed to let off a little steam.
* Film/TrueLies

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* Captain America in ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'', shortly after becoming a super soldier, thanks in part to [[spoiler:Dr. Erskine's death]], he was pretty much placed onto a USO entertainment group seeing how they don't really have much of a use for the supersoldier program. When entertaining American troops in Italy, the soldiers were not impressed with his performance (one of the soldiers was also implied to have mooned him, and they eventually pelt tomatoes at him while demanding for the girls to return). Of course, after he singlehandedly rescued 400 soldiers in one of Schmidt's bases, they began to realize he really is that badass.
* Happens surprisingly often within ''Series/{{Airwolf}}''. Of course, most people don't count on a helicopter being more well-armored than a tank, being capable of flying at speeds up to Mach 2.5, flying into the stratosphere, and carrying enough firepower to wipe a small country off the face of the earth.
** According to Tang Von Soong (referring to String, who is perhaps the world's best combat pilot), "Fortunately such people have little stomach for the nature of war".
** Also happened with Robert Winchester, who was able to give String a run for his money in the Airwolf Simulator. The Firm restricted his role from potential Airwolf pilot to scientist because he didn't quite have the same "natural talent" for flying that String had.
* When the title character of ''Film/{{Hancock}}'' is serving time in prison, he is accosted by some thugs he'd gotten thrown in there. They attempt to threaten him, [[TooDumbToLive apparently forgetting]] that Hancock is a superhero on par with {{Superman}}, but with none of his sense of fair play or justice.
-->'''Hancock:''' [[BadassBoast If you don't move, your head is going up his ass. Y'all fellas sure you wanna ride this train?]]
-->'''Matrix:''' [[TemptingFate Choo choo, asshole...]]
--> ''(What follows is extremely painful... not to mention humiliating, as Hancock [[NotHyperbole wasn't exaggerating when he made]] [[AssShove that threat]]. [[{{Squick}} OUCH!]])''
* ''Film/{{Tap}}'' (1988): "But since you ain't got no legs..."
-->'''Mo:''' You know what this young man said? We ain't got no legs! Dat means, I ain't got no legs, you ain't got no legs, and dem men in there ain't got no legs! Now what's dat sound like to you?
-->'''Sandman:''' ''A challenge!''
** And the rest of the gang comes storming in to show Max a thing or two.
* In ''Film/KnockaroundGuys'' local big shot Brucker seriously underestimates [[Creator/VinDiesel Taylor]], and gets this little speech and a [[CurbStompBattle serious beat down]] for his trouble:
--> '''Taylor:''' 500.
--> '''Brucker:''' 500 what, douche bag?
--> '''Taylor:''' 500 fights, that's the number I figured when I was a kid. 500 street fights and you could consider yourself a legitimate tough guy. You need them for experience. To develop leather skin. So I got started. Of course along the way you stop thinking about being tough and all that. It stops being the point. You get past the silliness of it all. But then, after, you realize that's what you are.
* In ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'', Loki starts ranting at the Hulk as a mindless brute and his inferior. While this is an incredibly stupid act on anyone's part, Loki is quite arrogant, egotistical, and most importantly, a god. The idea that the Hulk could take him probably never entered into his mind. The Hulk proceeds to beat the "puny god" down like a [[MetronomicManMashing freaking rag doll.]]
* Almost a running gag in Christopher Nolan's ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga'', even among people who theoretically know what they're dealing with:
** ''Film/TheDarkKnight'': When the Joker appears, Batman, somewhat hypocritically, dismisses him as just one man who couldn't possibly be more dangerous than the mob. He ends up destroying quite a bit of the city, [[EvilerThanThou putting the last nail into the mob's coffin]], [[NearVillainVictory almost doing the same for Batman]], and [[TheCorrupter drives Harvey Dent to madness.]]
** ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'': Batman, who has been out of action for roughly eight years, gets back in the batsuit, and is able to hunt down and capture several League of Shadow members who were trying to escape a bank robbery. The primary villain Bane manages to get away. Batman dismisses Bane as just another one of Ra's al Ghul's flunkies. When Bruce and Alfred review tapes of Bane's assault on the bank, Bruce brushes away Alfred's assessment of Bane's combat abilities, stating that he'll simply "fight harder". He teams up with Catwoman to go underground and take out Bane, only to be outsmarted by Bane and lured into a trap. It's only thanks to the ensuing CurbStompBattle that Batman realizes just how dangerous Bane really is.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek''
** ''Film/StarTrekIVTheVoyageHome''. Another "punk on a bus" moment. This guy likes his boombox ''loud'', and he's not going to turn it down for anybody, let alone this older guy in his pajamas or his weird friend wearing a bathrobe and headband. So he responds to the guy's request to turn the thing down by turning it ''up'', and giving him a [[FlippingTheBird one-finger salute]]. Then he becomes aware that the bathrobe guy is reaching for his ne--
** In ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'', when being questioned by Kirk, John Harrison makes a snide comment about Spock being a Vulcan and how Spock wouldn't know savagery like him. [[spoiler: Spock proves him wrong when he delivers a brutal beatdown on Harrison/Khan after Kirk's death]]. There is a good reason why Vulcans suppress their emotions.
* Elle in ''Film/LegallyBlonde'' is constantly underestimated and looked down on, simply because most people see her as a DumbBlond. She proves them all wrong when she got into Harvard with a 179 (one mark away from the perfect test) score on the LSAT and again, when she used her knowledge of haircare, to win her first case. And she was only a first year law student!
* In ''Film/{{Godzilla 2014}}'', Admiral Stenz has some doubts about Godzilla's ability to defeat the Mutos, in spite of chasing one of the Muto out of Honolulu and hardly being affected by the Navy's gunnery in San Francisco Bay.
* Considering the reputation that [[Franchise/TheChroniclesOfRiddick Riddick]] has, being more or less the most wanted single person in the galaxy and arguably the most dangerous, it's ''amazing'' how many people seem eager to pick a fight with him. Bounty hunters, lawmen, criminals, Necromongers. Even when they have superior numbers, they're never enough. Even when all he has is a tea-cup, that just means he gets [[CoolAndUnusualPunishment creative]] with how he [[CruelAndUnusualDeath kills]]. Eventually, the survivors learn, until the next batch shows up.
* ''Film/RomeoIsBleeding'': When Jack first meets Mona, he's expecting to be impressed due to her fearsome reputation, but he "doesn't see it." She deadpans, "Keep lookin'."
* ''Film/KingsmanTheSecretService'':
** Galahad is underestimated by a group of thugs who tell him to leave so they can jump Eggsy. Instead of leaving, he locks the doors and knocks them all out.
** [[spoiler:Arthur himself get this treatment when he underestimates Eggsy, who had switched out his poisoned drink]].
** Eggsy is underestimated by his stepdad and accompanying thugs, none of whom realise that Eggsy is fresh from Kingsman training and [[spoiler: ''saving the world'']]. [[OhNoNotAgain The thugs get worried]] after they see him lock the doors like Galahad did earlier.
%% ** Some thugs with a beef with Eggsy make this mistake after calling Harry Hart a grandpa. He had had a very emotional day and needed to let off a little steam.
* Film/TrueLies
''Film/TrueLies''



* The entire plot of ''Film/MajorPayne'' is fuelled by the [[RagTagBunchOfMisfits R.O.T.C. Boys]] repeatedly underestimating just how Badass [[OneManArmy Major]] [[DrillSergeantNasty Payne]] actually is. They hit him with enough laxative to "take out an entire football team" and it merely makes him gassy. They try to snap [[MistakenForPedophile incriminating photos]] while he sleeps, but he ''sleeps with his eyes open''. They send a biker after him, and Payne calmly claims he's going to "put his boot across the left side of the biker's face" and proceeds to do [[CurbStompBattle exactly that]].
* In ''Film/DraculaUntold'', the Ottomans dismiss Vlad's past as "the Impaler" as being "what [he was]". Several of them get [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice impaled]] for it.
* ''Film/TheSpecialist''. The bus is crowded. Ray Quick gets up from his seat to give it to a nice pregnant straphanging lady. One member of a group of punks instantly jumps into the seat. Even though Ray is built like a refrigerator with a head, the punk tells him "Fuck you" when Ray says "That seat's taken." His boys have got his back, after all. HilarityEnsues, and the lady gets the seat.
* ''Film/TheNextKarateKid'': Ned is shocked to the heavens when Julie, his ButtMonkey for much of the film, utterly ''wrecks'' him in the climax.
* ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'': At the beginning of the airport battle, nobody on Team Iron Man seems to take Ant-Man's size-change powers seriously. Before the fight is over he manages to overpower Black Widow, nearly disable every weapon in Tony's suit, and [[spoiler: almost single-handedly enable Cap and Bucky's escape by unveiling his new growth powers to turn into a giant and force Team Iron Man to focus all of their attacks on him.]]
* ''Film/FreddyVsJason'': Freddy spends most of the film utterly contemptuous of Jason, calling him "a big, stupid dog who won't stop eating." He begins to realize his mistake when Jason effortlessly tanks his initial assault in the dream world, then completely falls apart when he [[OhCrap finds himself in the real world, with a]] ''[[OhCrap very]]'' [[OhCrap angry Jason bearing down on him.]]

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* ''Film/UnderSiege'': Casey Ryback? Yeah, he's [[Creator/StevenSeagal just a cook]].
* The entire plot of ''Film/MajorPayne'' is fuelled by ''Film/{{Zatoichi}}'' series in Japan lives on the [[RagTagBunchOfMisfits R.O.T.C. Boys]] repeatedly basis that people are always underestimating just how Badass [[OneManArmy Major]] [[DrillSergeantNasty Payne]] actually is. They hit him with enough laxative to "take out an entire football team" and it merely makes him gassy. They try to snap [[MistakenForPedophile incriminating photos]] while Zatoichi because he sleeps, is blind, but he ''sleeps with his eyes open''. They send a biker after him, and Payne calmly claims he's going to "put his boot across the left side of the biker's face" and proceeds to do [[CurbStompBattle exactly that]].
* In ''Film/DraculaUntold'', the Ottomans dismiss Vlad's past as "the Impaler" as being "what [he was]". Several of them get [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice impaled]] for it.
* ''Film/TheSpecialist''. The bus
is crowded. Ray Quick gets up from his seat to give it to a nice pregnant straphanging lady. One member of a group of punks instantly jumps into the seat. Even though Ray is built like a refrigerator with a head, the punk tells him "Fuck you" when Ray says "That seat's taken." His boys have got his back, after all. HilarityEnsues, and the lady gets the seat.
* ''Film/TheNextKarateKid'': Ned is shocked to the heavens when Julie, his ButtMonkey for much of the film, utterly ''wrecks'' him in the climax.
* ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'': At the beginning of the airport battle, nobody on Team Iron Man seems to take Ant-Man's size-change powers seriously. Before the fight is over he manages to overpower Black Widow, nearly disable every weapon in Tony's suit, and [[spoiler: almost single-handedly enable Cap and Bucky's escape by unveiling his new growth powers to turn into a giant and force Team Iron Man to focus all of their attacks on him.]]
* ''Film/FreddyVsJason'': Freddy spends most of the film utterly contemptuous of Jason, calling him "a big, stupid dog who won't stop eating." He begins to realize his mistake when Jason effortlessly tanks his initial assault in the dream world, then completely falls apart when he [[OhCrap finds himself in the real world, with a]] ''[[OhCrap very]]'' [[OhCrap angry Jason bearing down on him.]]
really an extremely deadly swordsman.



* In ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'', the kidnappers who take Jerin are clever enough to search him for hidden weapons, and even find his set of lockpicks. However, they still underestimate him, as he [[spoiler: pretends to stumble against them, and steals his stuff back just a moment after they took it.]]
* This happens a couple of times in ''TheQueensThief'' series. In ''The King of Attolia,'' Eugenides [[spoiler: spends the whole book practicing only basic sword routines in the public practice courts, and then reveals himself to be the best swordsman any of the soldiers have ever seen by trouncing an entire squad.]] People always forget that he had two grandfathers.
** This often happens to Eugenides, most notably when he manages to single-handedly destroy [[spoiler:the house of Erondites, which was powerful enough to pose significant threat to the the Queen's reign, and, in the same scene, scares the crap out of his attendants and thus gains their loyalty.]]
-->'''Attolia:'''[[spoiler: Ninety-eight days. You said it would take six months.]]
-->'''Euginides:'''[[spoiler: I like to give myself a margin when I can.]]
** He even lampshades it: [[spoiler:"Has it occurred to you, Costis, that the only reason I'm alive is that those three assassins took me for a prancing lightweight?"]]
* It's not a real fight, but in ''[[Literature/XWingSeries Wraith Squadron]]'', the Wraiths ask Wes who the greatest pilot alive is, and Wes considers for a bit, then says it's their commanding officer, Wedge Antilles, because of his killcount and time in active service. Falynn Sandskimmer scoffs at this, says that he might have been good in the past but got old and became washed up. Wedge tolerates this for a bit, then challenges her to a race in ore haulers and wins handily after toying with her a bit.
** How does he win? Amongst other things, he drops his ore hauler on top of hers, pushes off hers, and plops down right at the finish line. The only thing she can say? "You cheated." His response is yes, of course, because combat isn't a game. And if she wants to live through the war, she had best learn to cheat ''better''. Of course, teaching Wraith Squadron to cheat might have been an example of GoneHorriblyRight.
** Also not a direct fight, but in several of Wedge's appearances in the ''Literature/NewJediOrder'' and later ''Literature/LegacyOfTheForce'', people underestimate his abilities in all kinds of things. Not piloting, but things like the ability to tell when he's being used as a political pawn about to be sacrificed, and in general his extraordinary resourcefulness and endless skill with the IndyPloy and, sometimes, XanatosSpeedChess.
* Elsewhere in the ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'', the heroes spend the latter half of ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear'' on the run from the Empire, which finally puts up a bounty on them for any [[BountyHunter random hunters]] to see. While the first one the heroes encounter is an amateur, he's aware of Hoole's [[ShapeShifter capabilities]] and prepared to counter them, taking Zak hostage at blasterpoint and planning to [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim just shoot Hoole]] and bring the kids in alive. However, he's clearly not aware that Tash has been [[MindOverMatter developing her skills with the Force]].
* The {{Novelization}} of ''Literature/RevengeOfTheSith'' has [[TheDragon Count Dooku]] make this mistake with regards to [[StudentAndMasterTeam Anakin and Obi-Wan]], starting their duel in full SmugSnake mode as he refuses to believe that any Jedi can defeat him. He spends several minutes JustToyingWithThem as he outmaneuvers them--until they [[IAmNotLeftHanded suddenly switch to their favored lightsaber styles]] and start outdueling him, at which point he has "a sudden, unexpected, overpowering, and entirely distressing ''bad feeling'' about this..."
* ''Literature/CodexAlera'': Anyone who gets in a fight with [[BadassAbnormal Tavi]] quickly learns, much to their cost, that lacking access to [[ElementalMagic Furycrafting]] does ''not'' make him an easy target; quite the opposite, in fact, because having to get by ''without'' Furies to help him out [[HadToBeSharp forced him to rely on his wits instead]]. Tavi's knack for improvisation and out of the box thinking ends up saving the day at least once per book. [[spoiler: And then it turns out [[TheCallPutMeOnHold his furycrafting abilities are simply manifesting late]]...]]
* ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'': [[spoiler:Molly Weasley's "NOT MY DAUGHTER, YOU BITCH!" followed by her killing [[TheDragon Bellatrix Lestrange]], who laughs at her and has only a second to be shocked when she realizes what's just happened.]]
** Most people don't take the three main characters too seriously, either, until they start winning. Meanwhile, Neville, Luna and Ginny ran a successful resistance against Voldemort's followers' rule of Hogwarts for the better part of the school year [[spoiler: although it was made easier by Snape being a good guy]].
** Especially in the earlier books, where Harry, Ron, and Hermione are usually dismissed by older wizards because of their [[JustAKid young age]]. Even in some of the later books, information is intentionally kept from them because other characters are worried it'll be too much for them to handle (which is [[SubvertedTrope sometimes true]]).
** It seems that everyone (including himself) thought that Peter Pettigrew was a weakling. He was able to accomplish many feats of difficult magic, and was eventually responsible for the death of two of his old friends.
* In Creator/LarryNiven's ''Literature/KnownSpace'' setting, the [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Kzin]] first encountered humanity in the form of an unarmed colony ship from a pacifist world, carrying only a skeleton crew. Seeing easy prey, they attacked. Unfortunately, "unarmed" and "pacifist" don't add up to "harmless" [[spoiler: and a communications laser is still a laser...]]
** This is a frequent trope in this universe. The [[PlanetOfHats alien race that prides themselves on being cowards]] can deliver quite a kick with the leg that is towards you when they turn their back on you...
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'': "Sure, she's wearing the uniform of the City Watch, but she's just some pretty blonde. How tough can she really be? Let's take her hostage again!" Protip, criminals: Captain Angua von Uberwald is also a ''werewolf,'' and one of the toughest and most dangerous members of the City Watch.
--> '''Carrot'''(As Angua is taken into a bar): Try not to hurt anyone.
--> '''Thug''': As long as you do what we say, she'll be fine.
--> '''Carrot''': Sorry, was I talking to you?

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* People outside the circle of protagonists in ''Literature/TheAscendantKingdomsSaga'' consistently underestimate Kestel Falke. It's easy to discern why: she's a beautiful redheaded woman who used to work as a [[HighClassCallGirl high-society courtesan]]. What many people ''aren't'' aware of: she was also a ProfessionalKiller. To begin with, it's mentioned that female inmates at the Velant PenalColony are often [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil taken advantage of by the guards]], but the first two to force themselves on Kestel both turned up dead. In book four another assassin tries to take her hostage after she spent the whole evening playing the part of a noblewoman, but she overpowers him in seconds despite having a garrote wrapped around her throat.
* Belgarath spends most of ''Literature/TheBelgariad'' talking smack about the BigBad Torak's high priest Ctuchik, all but outright calling him a two-penny warlock with delusions of adequacy. However, when forced into a magical duel with Ctuchik, the two are extremely evenly matched (it's worth mentioning that Belgarath is widely considered the world's most powerful sorcerer, a master of several other magical disciplines, [[TimeAbyss over seven thousand years old]] and Ctuchik's religion's {{Satan}}-analogue). Belgarath only wins thanks to Ctuchik's firm grasp on the VillainBall, and even then he is left severely weakened and near-dead by the ordeal.
* In ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'', the kidnappers who take Jerin are clever enough to search him for hidden weapons, and even find his set of lockpicks. However, they still underestimate him, as he [[spoiler: pretends to stumble against them, and steals his stuff back just a moment after they took it.]]
* This happens a couple of times in ''TheQueensThief'' series. In ''The King of Attolia,'' Eugenides [[spoiler: spends the whole book practicing only basic sword routines in the public practice courts, and then reveals himself to be the best swordsman any of the soldiers have ever seen by trouncing an entire squad.]] People always forget that he had two grandfathers.
** This often happens to Eugenides, most notably when he manages to single-handedly destroy [[spoiler:the house of Erondites, which was powerful enough to pose significant threat to the the Queen's reign, and, in the same scene, scares the crap out of his attendants and thus gains their loyalty.
]]
-->'''Attolia:'''[[spoiler: Ninety-eight days. You said it would take six months.]]
-->'''Euginides:'''[[spoiler: I like to give myself a margin when I can.]]
** He even lampshades it: [[spoiler:"Has it occurred to you, Costis, that the only reason I'm alive is that those three assassins took me for a prancing lightweight?"]]
* It's not a real fight, but in ''[[Literature/XWingSeries Wraith Squadron]]'', the Wraiths ask Wes who the greatest pilot alive is, and Wes considers for a bit, then says it's their commanding officer, Wedge Antilles, because of his killcount and time in active service. Falynn Sandskimmer scoffs at this, says that he might have been good in the past but got old and became washed up. Wedge tolerates this for a bit, then challenges her to a race in ore haulers and wins handily after toying with her a bit.
** How does he win? Amongst other things, he drops his ore hauler on top of hers, pushes off hers, and plops down right at the finish line. The only thing she can say? "You cheated." His response is yes, of course, because combat isn't a game. And if she wants to live through the war, she had best learn to cheat ''better''. Of course, teaching Wraith Squadron to cheat might have been an example of GoneHorriblyRight.
** Also not a direct fight, but in several of Wedge's appearances in the ''Literature/NewJediOrder'' and later ''Literature/LegacyOfTheForce'', people underestimate his abilities in all kinds of things. Not piloting, but things like the ability to tell when he's being used as a political pawn about to be sacrificed, and in general his extraordinary resourcefulness and endless skill with the IndyPloy and, sometimes, XanatosSpeedChess.
* Elsewhere in the ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'', the heroes spend the latter half of ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear'' on the run from the Empire, which finally puts up a bounty on them for any [[BountyHunter random hunters]] to see. While the first one the heroes encounter is an amateur, he's aware of Hoole's [[ShapeShifter capabilities]] and prepared to counter them, taking Zak hostage at blasterpoint and planning to [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim just shoot Hoole]] and bring the kids in alive. However, he's clearly not aware that Tash has been [[MindOverMatter developing her skills with the Force]].
* The {{Novelization}} of ''Literature/RevengeOfTheSith'' has [[TheDragon Count Dooku]] make this mistake with regards to [[StudentAndMasterTeam Anakin and Obi-Wan]], starting their duel in full SmugSnake mode as he refuses to believe that any Jedi can defeat him. He spends several minutes JustToyingWithThem as he outmaneuvers them--until they [[IAmNotLeftHanded suddenly switch to their favored lightsaber styles]] and start outdueling him, at which point he has "a sudden, unexpected, overpowering, and entirely distressing ''bad feeling'' about this..."
* ''Literature/CodexAlera'': Anyone who gets in a fight with [[BadassAbnormal Tavi]] quickly learns, much to their cost, that lacking access to [[ElementalMagic Furycrafting]] does ''not'' make him an easy target; quite the opposite, in fact, because having to get by ''without'' Furies to help him out [[HadToBeSharp forced him to rely on his wits instead]]. Tavi's knack for improvisation and out of the box thinking ends up saving the day at least once per book. [[spoiler: And [[spoiler:And then it turns out [[TheCallPutMeOnHold his furycrafting abilities are simply manifesting late]]...]]
* ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'': [[spoiler:Molly Weasley's "NOT MY DAUGHTER, YOU BITCH!" followed by Chloe from ''Literature/DarkestPowers''. She is five feet tall and weighs a hundred pounds, ''maybe''. She's in decent shape, but considering her killing [[TheDragon Bellatrix Lestrange]], who laughs at size and her and has only lack of any real self-defense training, she's not that much of a second to be shocked when she realizes what's physical threat. [[NightmareFuel She can raise an army of zombies in under five minutes just happened.]]
** Most people don't take the three main characters
by thinking about it too seriously, either, until they start winning. Meanwhile, Neville, Luna and Ginny ran a successful resistance against Voldemort's followers' rule of Hogwarts for the better part of the school year [[spoiler: although it was made easier by Snape being a good guy]].
** Especially in the earlier books, where Harry, Ron, and Hermione are usually dismissed by older wizards because of their [[JustAKid young age]]. Even in some of the later books, information is intentionally kept from them because other characters are worried it'll be too much for them to handle (which is [[SubvertedTrope sometimes true]]).
** It seems that everyone (including himself) thought that Peter Pettigrew was a weakling. He was able to accomplish many feats of difficult magic, and was eventually responsible for the death of two of his old friends.
* In Creator/LarryNiven's ''Literature/KnownSpace'' setting, the [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Kzin]] first encountered humanity in the form of an unarmed colony ship from a pacifist world, carrying only a skeleton crew. Seeing easy prey, they attacked. Unfortunately, "unarmed" and "pacifist" don't add up to "harmless" [[spoiler: and a communications laser is still a laser...]]
** This is a frequent trope in this universe. The [[PlanetOfHats alien race that prides themselves on being cowards]] can deliver quite a kick with the leg that is towards you when they turn their back on you...
hard]].
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'': "Sure, she's wearing the uniform of the City Watch, but she's just some pretty blonde. How tough can she really be? Let's take her hostage again!" Protip, criminals: Captain Angua von Uberwald is also a ''werewolf,'' ''werewolf'', and one of the toughest and most dangerous members of the City Watch.
--> '''Carrot'''(As -->'''Carrot:''' ''[As Angua is taken into a bar): bar]'' Try not to hurt anyone.
--> '''Thug''':
anyone.\\
'''Thug:'''
As long as you do what we say, she'll be fine.
--> '''Carrot''':
fine.\\
'''Carrot:'''
Sorry, was I talking to you?



** Lu Tze of Literature/{{Discworld}} fame does his bit to spread rule number one: "Do not act incautiously when confronting little bald wrinkly smiling men." Most of the population is more than willing to go along with this rule. When he meets those few who don't, he has to educate them in why the rule is in place.

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** Lu Tze of Literature/{{Discworld}} fame does his bit to spread rule number one: "Do not act incautiously when confronting little bald wrinkly smiling men." Most of the population is more than willing to go along with this rule. When he meets those few who don't, he has to educate them in why the rule is in place.



* ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'': Gawyn and Galad, both of whom are highly-trained swordsmen, together take on a just-recovering [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass Mat Cauthon]] who is armed with only a quarterstaff. [[CurbStompBattle Mat wins]].
* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' there are a good dozen or more of persons or entities who look weak, pathetic, foolish, dim, and easy prey. They are not to be laughed at. They are not to be looked down upon. They can and will kick your ass, if they don't just kill you. Here is just a small sample of the most frequently occurring examples.

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* ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'': Gawyn and Galad, both of whom are highly-trained swordsmen, together take on a just-recovering [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass Mat Cauthon]] who Tris from ''Literature/{{Divergent}}'' is armed with only a quarterstaff. [[CurbStompBattle Mat wins]].
small teenage girl. Far too often, she's assumed to be a non-threat -- even when she's pointing a gun at them.
* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', there are a good dozen or more of persons or entities who look weak, pathetic, foolish, dim, and easy prey. They are not to be laughed at. They are not to be looked down upon. They can and will kick your ass, if they don't just kill you. Here is just a small sample of the most frequently occurring examples.



** Donar Vadderung is not the head of the organization that hires out people like [[{{Valkyries}} Gard]] as hired guns for no reason. When Harry seems to be taking his power lightly (specifically, the power of a dozen beings he describes as being not quite as strong as he is), he gives a little demonstration via [[spoiler: slamming Harry into the ground with his raw will, leaving Harry as helpless as an "insect watching the shoe coming down".]] Even weakened, the guy is still a PersonOfMassDestruction. This makes sense, considering that Mr. Vadderung is [[spoiler: actually, literally, a PhysicalGod. Odin to be precise. And if you're to young to comprehend how scary that is, he's also Santa Claus. Be afraid.]]
* Chloe from ''Literature/DarkestPowers''. She is five feet tall and weighs a hundred pounds, ''maybe''. She's in decent shape, but considering her size and her lack of any real self-defense training, she's not that much of a physical threat. [[NightmareFuel She can raise an army of zombies in under five minutes just by thinking about it too hard]].
* Vin from the ''Literature/{{Mistborn}}'' series is another one of those five-nothing, hundred-pound girls who's constantly overlooked and underestimated because of how unimposing she looks. She killed a PhysicalGod, ''vertically bisected'' a man ''and his horse'', headbutted someone in the face hard enough to reduce his head to PinkMist, and has abused her SuperStrength so much that she's essentially dependent on it to function, but also gets about three times more power out of it than anyone else. Most amusing when she's facing [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Koloss]]; they tend to get very confused while [[OneManArmy she slaughters them by the hundreds]] because they don't get how it's even possible for someone so little to beat someone much bigger.
** Elend gets it too, for a different reason. He was well-known among the nobility as a [[WideEyedIdealist head-in-the-clouds-idealistic]] scholar with little practical experience with the outside world. Not all of them have gotten the memo that [[TookALevelInBadass things are a bit different now]].
* Literature/SienkiewiczTrilogy has a glorious example at the beginning of the second book. The protagonist, Andrzej Kmicic, mocks his opponent, Michał Wołodyjowski, before their duel. What happens next is such [[CurbStompBattle a one sided fight]] that Kmicic ends up begging his opponent to just kill him already and spare him more humiliation.

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** Donar Vadderung is not the head of the organization that hires out people like [[{{Valkyries}} Gard]] as hired guns for no reason. When Harry seems to be taking his power lightly (specifically, the power of a dozen beings he describes as being not quite as strong as he is), he gives a little demonstration via [[spoiler: slamming Harry into the ground with his raw will, leaving Harry as helpless as an "insect watching the shoe coming down".]] Even weakened, the guy is still a PersonOfMassDestruction. This makes sense, considering that Mr. Vadderung is [[spoiler: actually, [[spoiler:actually, literally, a PhysicalGod. Odin Odin, to be precise. And if you're to young to comprehend how scary that is, he's also Santa Claus. Be afraid.]]
* Chloe from ''Literature/DarkestPowers''. She is five feet tall and weighs a hundred pounds, ''maybe''. She's in decent shape, but considering her size and her lack of any real self-defense training, she's not that much of a physical threat. [[NightmareFuel She can raise an army of zombies in under five minutes just by thinking about it too hard]].
* Vin from
In the ''Literature/{{Mistborn}}'' series is another one backstory of those five-nothing, hundred-pound girls who's constantly overlooked and ''Literature/EmpireOfTheAnts'', the whole ant population of France severely underestimated the Dwarf Ants, believing them to merely be small, weaker ants. In the following days, they took over Black Ants, Red Ants, Wasps, Termites... When the protagonists Red Wood Ants finally confront them, they discovered to their horror the Dwarf Ants had several queens in each of their colony, making them dangerous ZergRush specialists, and possessed high intelligence for the specie. By the time the story has started, the two species has become nemeses to each other.
* ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'': [[spoiler:Molly Weasley's "NOT MY DAUGHTER, YOU BITCH!" followed by her killing [[TheDragon Bellatrix Lestrange]], who laughs at her and has only a second to be shocked when she realizes what's just happened.]]
** Most people don't take the three main characters too seriously, either, until they start winning. Meanwhile, Neville, Luna and Ginny ran a successful resistance against Voldemort's followers' rule of Hogwarts for the better part of the school year [[spoiler: although it was made easier by Snape being a good guy]].
** Especially in the earlier books, where Harry, Ron, and Hermione are usually dismissed by older wizards
because of how unimposing she looks. She killed a PhysicalGod, ''vertically bisected'' a man ''and his horse'', headbutted someone their [[JustAKid young age]]. Even in some of the face hard enough to reduce his head to PinkMist, and has abused her SuperStrength so much that she's essentially dependent on it to function, but also gets about three times more power out of it than anyone else. Most amusing when she's facing [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Koloss]]; they tend to get very confused while [[OneManArmy she slaughters later books, information is intentionally kept from them by the hundreds]] because they don't get how it's even possible for someone so little to beat someone other characters are worried it'll be too much bigger.
** Elend gets it too,
for them to handle (which is [[SubvertedTrope sometimes true]]).
** It seems that everyone (including himself) thought that Peter Pettigrew was
a different reason. weakling. He was well-known among able to accomplish many feats of difficult magic, and was eventually responsible for the nobility as a [[WideEyedIdealist head-in-the-clouds-idealistic]] scholar with little practical experience with the outside world. Not all death of them have gotten the memo that [[TookALevelInBadass things are a bit different now]].
* Literature/SienkiewiczTrilogy has a glorious example at the beginning
two of the second book. The protagonist, Andrzej Kmicic, mocks his opponent, Michał Wołodyjowski, before their duel. What happens next is such [[CurbStompBattle a one sided fight]] that Kmicic ends up begging his opponent to just kill him already and spare him more humiliation.old friends.



* ''Literature/RangersApprentice'': Halt is rather short, wears a mottled cloak, rides a shaggy pony, and has unevenly cut, greying hair. Underestimate him at your own risk.
* In the backstory of ''Literature/EmpireOfTheAnts'', the whole ant population of France severely underestimated the Dwarf Ants, believing them to merely be small, weaker ants. In the following days, they took over Black Ants, Red Ants, Wasps, Termites... When the protagonists Red Wood Ants finally confront them, they discovered to their horror the Dwarf Ants had several queens in each of their colony, making them dangerous ZergRush specialists, and possessed high intelligence for the specie. By the time the story has started, the two species has become nemesis to each other.
* In the Literature/SherlockHolmes short story "The Speckled Band", Dr. Roylett, having learned that his step-daughter paid Holmes a visit concerning the suspicious nature of her sister's death and the strange atmosphere now surrounding her, attempts to intimidate Holmes by bending an iron poker with his bare hands. After Roylett's departure, Holmes, now even more interested in the case than he already was, informs Dr. Watson that had Roylett stayed, he would have seen that Holmes possessed an even level of strength by bending the poker back to it's proper form.

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* ''Literature/RangersApprentice'': Halt ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': Lots of enemies think that Tiza is rather short, wears an easy target because she's not a mottled cloak, rides a shaggy pony, mage. They typically end up BoundAndGagged and has unevenly cut, greying hair. Underestimate him at your own risk.
humiliated.
* In Creator/LarryNiven's ''Literature/KnownSpace'' setting, the backstory of ''Literature/EmpireOfTheAnts'', [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Kzin]] first encountered humanity in the whole ant population form of France severely an unarmed colony ship from a pacifist world, carrying only a skeleton crew. Seeing easy prey, they attacked. Unfortunately, "unarmed" and "pacifist" don't add up to "harmless" [[spoiler: and a communications laser is still a laser...]]
** This is a frequent trope in this universe. The [[PlanetOfHats alien race that prides themselves on being cowards]] can deliver quite a kick with the leg that is towards you when they turn their back on you...
* Vin from the ''Literature/{{Mistborn}}'' series is another one of those five-nothing, hundred-pound girls who's constantly overlooked and
underestimated the Dwarf Ants, believing them to merely be small, weaker ants. In the following days, they took over Black Ants, Red Ants, Wasps, Termites... When the protagonists Red Wood Ants finally confront them, they discovered to their horror the Dwarf Ants had several queens in each because of their colony, making them dangerous ZergRush specialists, and possessed high intelligence for the specie. By the time the story has started, the two species has become nemesis to each other.
* In the Literature/SherlockHolmes short story "The Speckled Band", Dr. Roylett, having learned that
how unimposing she looks. She killed a PhysicalGod, ''vertically bisected'' a man ''and his step-daughter paid Holmes a visit concerning the suspicious nature of her sister's death and the strange atmosphere now surrounding her, attempts to intimidate Holmes by bending an iron poker with his bare hands. After Roylett's departure, Holmes, now even more interested horse'', headbutted someone in the case face hard enough to reduce his head to PinkMist, and has abused her SuperStrength so much that she's essentially dependent on it to function, but also gets about three times more power out of it than he already was, informs Dr. Watson that had Roylett stayed, he would have seen that Holmes possessed an even level of strength anyone else. Most amusing when she's facing [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Koloss]]; they tend to get very confused while [[OneManArmy she slaughters them by bending the poker back to hundreds]] because they don't get how it's proper form. even possible for someone so little to beat someone much bigger.
** Elend gets it too, for a different reason. He was well-known among the nobility as a [[WideEyedIdealist head-in-the-clouds-idealistic]] scholar with little practical experience with the outside world. Not all of them have gotten the memo that [[TookALevelInBadass things are a bit different now]].



* In Literature/TheTomeOfBill, Sally is frequently subject to this. Marlene and Jeff[=/=]Night Razor knew her before she became a vampire and was just a normal human. They learn the hard way that Sally's probably the biggest badass in the series.

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* This happens a couple of times in ''Literature/TheQueensThief'' series. In ''The King of Attolia'', Eugenides [[spoiler:spends the whole book practicing only basic sword routines in the public practice courts, and then reveals himself to be the best swordsman any of the soldiers have ever seen by trouncing an entire squad.]] People always forget that he had ''two'' grandfathers.
** This often happens to Eugenides, most notably when he manages to single-handedly destroy [[spoiler:the house of Erondites, which was powerful enough to pose a significant threat to the the Queen's reign, and, in the same scene, scares the crap out of his attendants and thus gains their loyalty.]]
-->'''Attolia:''' [[spoiler:Ninety-eight days. You said it would take six months.]]\\
'''Eugenides:''' [[spoiler:I like to give myself a margin when I can.]]
** He even lampshades it: [[spoiler:"Has it occurred to you, Costis, that the only reason I'm alive is that those three assassins took me for a prancing lightweight?"]]
* ''Literature/RangersApprentice'': Halt is rather short, wears a mottled cloak, rides a shaggy pony, and has unevenly cut, greying hair. Underestimate him at your own risk.
* In Literature/TheTomeOfBill, Sally is frequently subject to this. Marlene the ''Literature/SherlockHolmes'' short story "The Speckled Band", Dr. Roylett, having learned that his stepdaughter paid Holmes a visit concerning the suspicious nature of her sister's death and Jeff[=/=]Night Razor knew her the strange atmosphere now surrounding her, attempts to intimidate Holmes by bending an iron poker with his bare hands. After Roylett's departure, Holmes, now even more interested in the case than he already was, informs Dr. Watson that had Roylett stayed, he would have seen that Holmes possessed an even level of strength by bending the poker back to it's proper form.
* The ''Literature/SienkiewiczTrilogy'' has a glorious example at the beginning of the second book. The protagonist, Andrzej Kmicic, mocks his opponent, Michał Wołodyjowski,
before she became their duel. What happens next is such [[CurbStompBattle a vampire and was one sided fight]] that Kmicic ends up begging his opponent to just a normal human. They learn the hard way that Sally's probably the biggest badass in the series.kill him already and spare him more humiliation.



** But, to win a Crowning Moment of Underestimation... you have to beat Kraznys mo Nakloz, a Good Master of Astrapor for his underestimation of Daenerys Targaryen. Repeatedly insulting somebody you should very well know for a fact is descended from an exiled branch of Valyarian Dragon Lords in the Valaryian language over several days is... [[{{Jerkass}} a bit crass]], but kind of understandable. They were the historical masters of your city and you hate them, so getting your digs into one of their few remaining descendants makes sense. Convincing yourself, however, that this mere slip of a girl without much visible backup won't be able to understand you or the nature of the very dragon you hope to gain in trade is... [[WhatAnIdiot dumb]]. Handing her the army of invincible, obedient slaves in the middle of your (now) poorly defended city ''before'' full receipt (and control or containment) of the mobile [[BullyingADragon flame-thrower you then precede to yank the chain of]] (literally)? And, um... you were calling her stupidly new to this whole negotiation thing, [[TooDumbToLive Mr Charcoal Briquette]]?
* Tris from ''Literature/{{Divergent}}'' is a small teenage girl. Far too often, she's assumed to be a non-threat - even when she's pointing a gun at them.
* Belgarath spends most of ''Literature/TheBelgariad'' talking smack about the BigBad Torak's high priest Ctuchik, all but outright calling him a two-penny warlock with delusions of adequacy. However, when forced into a magical duel with Ctuchik, the two are extremely evenly matched (it's worth mentioning that Belgarath is widely considered the world's most powerful sorcerer, a master of several other magical disciplines, [[TimeAbyss over seven thousand years old]] and Ctuchik's religion's {{Satan}}-analogue). Belgarath only wins thanks to Ctuchik's firm grasp on the VillainBall, and even then he is left severely weakened and near-dead by the ordeal.
* {{Spenser}}, despite being a pretty big guy, is often underestimated by the mooks he encounters, though their overconfidence is usually justified due to their outnumbering him. It rarely does them any good.
* ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': Lots of enemies think that Tiza is an easy target because she's not a mage. They typically end up BoundAndGagged and humiliated.

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** But, to win a Crowning Moment of Underestimation... you have to beat Kraznys mo Nakloz, a Good Master of Astrapor for his underestimation of Daenerys Targaryen. Repeatedly insulting somebody you should very well know for a fact is descended from an exiled branch of Valyarian Dragon Lords in the Valaryian language over several days is... [[{{Jerkass}} a bit crass]], but kind of understandable. They were the historical masters of your city and you hate them, so getting your digs into one of their few remaining descendants makes sense. Convincing yourself, however, that this mere slip of a girl without much visible backup won't be able to understand you or the nature of the very dragon you hope to gain in trade is... [[WhatAnIdiot dumb]]. Handing her the army of invincible, obedient slaves in the middle of your (now) poorly defended city ''before'' full receipt (and control or containment) of the mobile [[BullyingADragon flame-thrower you then precede to yank the chain of]] (literally)? And, um... you were calling her stupidly new to this whole negotiation thing, [[TooDumbToLive Mr Mr. Charcoal Briquette]]?
* Tris from ''Literature/{{Divergent}}'' is a small teenage girl. Far too often, she's assumed to be a non-threat - even when she's pointing a gun at them.
* Belgarath spends most of ''Literature/TheBelgariad'' talking smack about the BigBad Torak's high priest Ctuchik, all but outright calling him a two-penny warlock with delusions of adequacy. However, when forced into a magical duel with Ctuchik, the two are extremely evenly matched (it's worth mentioning that Belgarath is widely considered the world's most powerful sorcerer, a master of several other magical disciplines, [[TimeAbyss over seven thousand years old]] and Ctuchik's religion's {{Satan}}-analogue). Belgarath only wins thanks to Ctuchik's firm grasp on the VillainBall, and even then he is left severely weakened and near-dead by the ordeal.
* {{Spenser}},
Literature/{{Spenser}}, despite being a pretty big guy, is often underestimated by the mooks he encounters, though their overconfidence is usually justified due to their outnumbering him. It rarely does them any good.
* ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': Lots ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'':
** The {{Novelization}}
of enemies think ''Literature/RevengeOfTheSith'' has [[TheDragon Count Dooku]] make this mistake with regards to [[StudentAndMasterTeam Anakin and Obi-Wan]], starting their duel in full SmugSnake mode as he refuses to believe that Tiza any Jedi can defeat him. He spends several minutes JustToyingWithThem as he outmaneuvers them--until they [[IAmNotLeftHanded suddenly switch to their favored lightsaber styles]] and start outdueling him, at which point he has "a sudden, unexpected, overpowering, and entirely distressing ''bad feeling'' about this..."
** ''[[Literature/StarWarsAhsoka Ahsoka]]'': [[spoiler:The Sixth Brother]] assumes that the title character, based on her age,
is an just a Jedi Padawan and thus will be easy target because to defeat. Fans of ''[[WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars The Clone Wars]]'' will know that she's an extremely experienced combatant [[spoiler:who was offered the rank of Jedi Knight before leaving the Order]]. He pays for this underestimation with his life.
* ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'':
** It's
not a mage. real fight, but in ''[[Literature/XWingSeries Wraith Squadron]]'', the Wraiths ask Wes who the greatest pilot alive is, and Wes considers for a bit, then says it's their commanding officer, Wedge Antilles, because of his killcount and time in active service. Falynn Sandskimmer scoffs at this, says that he might have been good in the past but got old and became washed up. Wedge tolerates this for a bit, then challenges her to a race in ore haulers and wins handily after toying with her a bit.
*** How does he win? Amongst other things, he drops his ore hauler on top of hers, pushes off hers, and plops down right at the finish line. The only thing she can say? "You cheated." His response is yes, of course, because combat isn't a game. And if she wants to live through the war, she had best learn to cheat ''better''. Of course, teaching Wraith Squadron to cheat might have been an example of GoneHorriblyRight.
** Also not a direct fight, but in several of Wedge's appearances in the ''Literature/NewJediOrder'' and later ''Literature/LegacyOfTheForce'', people underestimate his abilities in all kinds of things. Not piloting, but things like the ability to tell when he's being used as a political pawn about to be sacrificed, and in general his extraordinary resourcefulness and endless skill with the IndyPloy and, sometimes, XanatosSpeedChess.
** The heroes spend the latter half of ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear'' on the run from the Empire, which finally puts up a bounty on them for any [[BountyHunter random hunters]] to see. While the first one the heroes encounter is an amateur, he's aware of Hoole's [[ShapeShifter capabilities]] and prepared to counter them, taking Zak hostage at blasterpoint and planning to [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim just shoot Hoole]] and bring the kids in alive. However, he's clearly not aware that Tash has been [[MindOverMatter developing her skills with the Force]].
* In ''Literature/TheTomeOfBill'', Sally is frequently subject to this. Marlene and Jeff[=/=]Night Razor knew her before she became a vampire and was just a normal human.
They typically end up BoundAndGagged learn the hard way that Sally's probably the biggest badass in the series.
* ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'': Gawyn
and humiliated. Galad, both of whom are highly-trained swordsmen, together take on a just-recovering [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass Mat Cauthon]] who is armed with only a quarterstaff. [[CurbStompBattle Mat wins]].



* People outside the circle of protagonists in ''Literature/TheAscendantKingdomsSaga'' consistently underestimate Kestel Falke. It's easy to discern why: she's a beautiful redheaded woman who used to work as a [[HighClassCallGirl high-society courtesan]]. What many people ''aren't'' aware of: she was also a ProfessionalKiller. To begin with, it's mentioned that female inmates at the Velant PenalColony are often [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil taken advantage of by the guards]], but the first two to force themselves on Kestel both turned up dead. In book four another assassin tries to take her hostage after she spent the whole evening playing the part of a noblewoman, but she overpowers him in seconds despite having a garrote wrapped around her throat.



* ''Series/{{Angel}}'' played with this trope in the first episode. Cordelia suddenly realised her potential sponsor was actually a vampire and Angel appears on the scene. When her fake sponsor doesn't seem at all bothered by Angel's appearance, Cordelia realises that it's because he not only doesn't know Angel's a vampire, but doesn't know just how dangerous a vampire Angel is. Unfortunately, her gloat of "You don't know who he is, do you? Oh, boy, you're about to get your ass kicked!" backfires. Not only did the vampire not know who Angel was, but Angel and Cordelia didn't know who he was. Turns out, the ones doing the underestimating were actually Angel and Cordelia. By the end of the episode, this situation has been very much reversed. Permanently, one might say.

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* How often do the bad guys of ''Series/TwentyFour'' think they've got enough security to protect themselves from Jack Bauer?
* In ''Series/AgentCarter'', Peggy's coworkers and superiors are all genuinely convinced that behind her bluster Peggy is just another fragile EnglishRose who needs to be protected because she hasn't "grown up" and "learned her place" as a woman. As Peggy points out in the penultimate episode, everyone ignores her unless she has coffee or reports because they all think of her as a "stray kitten" in need of shelter or a "secretary turned damsel" in need of protection. Thompson himself only realizes that Peggy is quite the badass when he finally sees her pick up a machine gun and start shooting people alongside her war buddies the Howling Commandos. Peggy decides to be more aggressive in her career and start showing this amongst her coworkers. After pointing out that the intelligence gathering mission would be more effective with a plan she would have no idea her superiors had just dismissed as impossible with their resources, they mock her by stating that they would need a team familiar with the area but don't have access to one. Peggy suggests a team like the Howling Commandos, and her chief jokingly agrees to let her go if she can get them. After she walks off, the two men give each other a look and a chuckle, only for her to walk in a few minutes later to state that the Howling Commandos would meet them at the rendezvous point. The chief follows through with his promise to put her on the team.
** In season two everyone underestimates Whitney Frost, who at first appears to be simply a Hollywood actress past her prime and the TrophyWife to a prominent industrialist. She is actually a scientific genius and the real brains behind her husband's massive corporation. Then she [[spoiler: is infected by Zero Matter and acquires lethal powers]]. She almost kills Peggy and becomes the true BigBad of the season.
* Happens surprisingly often within ''Series/{{Airwolf}}''. Of course, most people don't count on a helicopter being more well-armored than a tank, being capable of flying at speeds up to Mach 2.5, flying into the stratosphere, and carrying enough firepower to wipe a small country off the face of the earth.
** According to Tang Von Soong (referring to String, who is perhaps the world's best combat pilot), "Fortunately such people have little stomach for the nature of war".
** Also happened with Robert Winchester, who was able to give String a run for his money in the Airwolf Simulator. The Firm restricted his role from potential Airwolf pilot to scientist because he didn't quite have the same "natural talent" for flying that String had.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'' episode "Ceremonies of Light and Dark". Marcus the Ranger is looking for information on some crooks who have kidnapped his friend Delenn. He joins a poker game at a tough bar in down-below and asks his contacts in the criminal underworld if they have any information to share. They decline, and ask why they should help him with this.
-->'''Marcus:''' [[BadassBoast Because if you don't, in five minutes, I'll be the only one at this table still standing.]] ''(They all laugh)'' [[NotHyperbole Five minutes after that, I'll be the only one in this room still standing.]] ''(They all stand up and glower over him; cut to commercial.)''
** When we come back from commercial, Marcus is holding the beaten and bloodied last person from the entire room of thugs who isn't quite unconscious yet, who is quickly blubbering out that he doesn't know anything anyways, before collapsing into unconsciousness. An exasperated Marcus complains to no-one in particular, "[[PrecisionFStrike Bugger!]] [[Funny/BabylonFive Now I have to wait for someone to wake up!]]" He is then surprised when someone else comes into the bar: Lennier, the mousy, quiet, inoffensive diplomatic aide to the kidnapped Delenn. When Marcus grabs Lennier during their discussion, Lennier ''[[NeckLift picks him up by the neck]]'' and calmly reminds Marcus not to underestimate him. Marcus, who has just kicked the crap out of several dozen criminal thugs and assorted underworld hard-cases, thus proving his badassitude beyond doubt, is forced to back down--to another character whose badassitude is perhaps even ''more'' underestimated. (Of course, a few moments later another thug finally wakes up, and out of fear, gives Marcus the information he wanted.)
--->'''Marcus:''' You see? [[UsefulNotes/AlCapone You can get more with a kind word and a 2x4 than you can with just a kind word.]] Please, continue.
*** As might be expected from the above example, Lennier is also prone to this. During the first season, his fighting skill is a surprise to the audience, but once it's established, he continues to use it to surprise other characters.
* ''Franchise/{{Buffyverse}}'':
**
''Series/{{Angel}}'' played with this trope in the first episode. Cordelia suddenly realised her potential sponsor was actually a vampire and Angel appears on the scene. When her fake sponsor doesn't seem at all bothered by Angel's appearance, Cordelia realises that it's because he not only doesn't know Angel's a vampire, but doesn't know just how dangerous a vampire Angel is. Unfortunately, her gloat of "You don't know who he is, do you? Oh, boy, you're about to get your ass kicked!" backfires. Not only did the vampire not know who Angel was, but Angel and Cordelia didn't know who he was. Turns out, the ones doing the underestimating were actually Angel and Cordelia. By the end of the episode, this situation has been very much reversed. Permanently, one might say.



* ''Series/BabylonFive'' episode "Ceremonies of Light and Dark". Marcus the Ranger is looking for information on some crooks who have kidnapped his friend Delenn. He joins a poker game at a tough bar in down-below and asks his contacts in the criminal underworld if they have any information to share. They decline, and ask why they should help him with this.
-->'''Marcus:''' [[BadassBoast Because if you don't, in five minutes, I'll be the only one at this table still standing.]] ''(They all laugh)'' [[NotHyperbole Five minutes after that, I'll be the only one in this room still standing.]] ''(They all stand up and glower over him; cut to commercial.)''
** When we come back from commercial, Marcus is holding the beaten and bloodied last person from the entire room of thugs who isn't quite unconscious yet, who is quickly blubbering out that he doesn't know anything anyways, before collapsing into unconsciousness. An exasperated Marcus complains to no-one in particular, "[[PrecisionFStrike Bugger!]] [[Funny/BabylonFive Now I have to wait for someone to wake up!]]" He is then surprised when someone else comes into the bar: Lennier, the mousy, quiet, inoffensive diplomatic aide to the kidnapped Delenn. When Marcus grabs Lennier during their discussion, Lennier ''[[NeckLift picks him up by the neck]]'' and calmly reminds Marcus not to underestimate him. Marcus, who has just kicked the crap out of several dozen criminal thugs and assorted underworld hard-cases, thus proving his badassitude beyond doubt, is forced to back down--to another character whose badassitude is perhaps even ''more'' underestimated. (Of course, a few moments later another thug finally wakes up, and out of fear, gives Marcus the information he wanted.)
--->'''Marcus:''' You see? [[UsefulNotes/AlCapone You can get more with a kind word and a 2x4 than you can with just a kind word.]] Please, continue.
*** As might be expected from the above example, Lennier is also prone to this. During the first season, his fighting skill is a surprise to the audience, but once it's established, he continues to use it to surprise other characters.
* On one episode of ''Series/MagnumPI'', a Chinese assassin is asking a big hairy sailor where the MacGuffin is hidden. The Chinese assassin is an insignificant looking fellow with glasses. But when the bargaining becomes heated, the assassin kills the sailor with his bare hands in half a second and isn't even breathing hard.
** In another episode, Higgins goes off to an island on a camping trip with some boys from juvenile in a rehab program. They mutiny, but find out that Higgins is a RetiredBadass.
* Series/{{Chuck}} does this a lot to enemy agents who don't know what he is - his [[CurbStompBattle fight scene]] in "Chuck Versus the Beard" is a prime example.
* Caine on ''Series/KungFu'' is always underestimated by people who end up getting their ass kicked by him.
* Pretty much the entire point behind ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles''' Cameron. As the show's producers pointed out, and was demonstrated throughout the series, people ''do not'' expect a [[CuteBruiser slender, cute, harmless-looking girl who looks like she's not even out of her teens]] to be a [[RobotGirl cold, implacable and utterly lethal killing machine.]]
* Happens occasionally to Dr. Daniel Jackson of ''Series/StargateSG1''. In one particular instance, someone called him a geek while he was under the influence of a physically enhancing alien device. This device also increased aggression and impulsiveness (Dr. Jackson is not usually a hothead). It... didn't end well for said someone.
** Also happened to Carter on occasion, due to her being an attractive woman. In particular, in the episode "The Warrior", a group of free Jaffa are disappointed by the Earth-based weapons they have been provided so O'Neill has Carter demonstrate how effective the weapons are. You can see the patronizing expressions as the Jaffa doubt both the weapons and the female's shooting abilities. Needless to say, Carter proved them wrong on both accounts.
-->'''O'Neill:''' This [Jaffa staff weapon] is a weapon of terror; it's made to ''[[WeaponForIntimidation intimidate]]'' the enemy. This [Earth P90] is a weapon of war; it's made to ''kill'' your enemy.
*** Ba'al, as a PoliticallyIncorrectVillain, insults Carter's intelligence '''REPEATEDLY''', even after she's saved the world a few times. After she slugged him in the face, though, he seems to have wised up.
* How often do the bad guys of Series/TwentyFour think they've got enough security to protect themselves from Jack Bauer?
* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'':
** [=McGee=]. Most people realize that being a trained Federal agent makes you dangerous. Just, [[TemptingFate how dangerous could the team computer geek be?]] Then he starts threatening people, and [=McGee=] is actually [[OhCrap pretty scary when he gets angry...]]
** Also, if you get any ideas about going after Abby... She can kill you and not leave any forensic evidence.
* ''Series/DoctorWho''
** The Doctor is consistently on the receiving end of this trope, even from people who should really know better, like the Daleks.

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* ''Series/BabylonFive'' episode "Ceremonies of Light and Dark". Marcus the Ranger is looking for information on some crooks who have kidnapped his friend Delenn. He joins a poker game at a tough bar in down-below and asks his contacts in the criminal underworld if they have any information to share. They decline, and ask why they should help him with this.
-->'''Marcus:''' [[BadassBoast Because if you don't, in five minutes, I'll be the only one at this table still standing.]] ''(They all laugh)'' [[NotHyperbole Five minutes after that, I'll be the only one in this room still standing.]] ''(They all stand up and glower over him; cut to commercial.)''
** When we come back from commercial, Marcus is holding the beaten and bloodied last person from the entire room of thugs who isn't quite unconscious yet, who is quickly blubbering out that he doesn't know anything anyways, before collapsing into unconsciousness. An exasperated Marcus complains to no-one in particular, "[[PrecisionFStrike Bugger!]] [[Funny/BabylonFive Now I have to wait for someone to wake up!]]" He is then surprised when someone else comes into the bar: Lennier, the mousy, quiet, inoffensive diplomatic aide to the kidnapped Delenn. When Marcus grabs Lennier during their discussion, Lennier ''[[NeckLift picks him up by the neck]]'' and calmly reminds Marcus not to underestimate him. Marcus, who has just kicked the crap out of several dozen criminal thugs and assorted underworld hard-cases, thus proving his badassitude beyond doubt, is forced to back down--to another character whose badassitude is perhaps even ''more'' underestimated. (Of course, a few moments later another thug finally wakes up, and out of fear, gives Marcus the information he wanted.)
--->'''Marcus:''' You see? [[UsefulNotes/AlCapone You can get more with a kind word and a 2x4 than you can with just a kind word.]] Please, continue.
*** As might be expected from the above example, Lennier is also prone to this. During the first season, his fighting skill is a surprise to the audience, but once it's established, he continues to use it to surprise other characters.
* On one episode of ''Series/MagnumPI'', a Chinese assassin is asking a big hairy sailor where the MacGuffin is hidden. The Chinese assassin is an insignificant looking fellow with glasses. But when the bargaining becomes heated, the assassin kills the sailor with his bare hands in half a second and isn't even breathing hard.
** In another episode, Higgins goes off to an island on a camping trip with some boys from juvenile in a rehab program. They mutiny, but find out that Higgins is a RetiredBadass.
* Series/{{Chuck}} does this a lot to enemy agents who don't know what he is - -- his [[CurbStompBattle fight scene]] in "Chuck Versus the Beard" is a prime example.
* Caine on ''Series/KungFu'' is always underestimated by people who end up getting their ass kicked by him.
* Pretty much the entire point behind ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles''' Cameron. As the show's producers pointed out, and was demonstrated throughout the series, people ''do not'' expect a [[CuteBruiser slender, cute, harmless-looking girl who looks like she's not even out of her teens]] to be a [[RobotGirl cold, implacable and utterly lethal killing machine.]]
* Happens occasionally to Dr. Daniel Jackson of ''Series/StargateSG1''. In one particular instance, someone called him a geek while he was under the influence of a physically enhancing alien device. This device also increased aggression and impulsiveness (Dr. Jackson is not usually a hothead). It... didn't end well for said someone.
** Also happened to Carter on occasion, due to her being an attractive woman. In particular, in the episode "The Warrior", a group of free Jaffa are disappointed by the Earth-based weapons they have been provided so O'Neill has Carter demonstrate how effective the weapons are. You can see the patronizing expressions as the Jaffa doubt both the weapons and the female's shooting abilities. Needless to say, Carter proved them wrong on both accounts.
-->'''O'Neill:''' This [Jaffa staff weapon] is a weapon of terror; it's made to ''[[WeaponForIntimidation intimidate]]'' the enemy. This [Earth P90] is a weapon of war; it's made to ''kill'' your enemy.
*** Ba'al, as a PoliticallyIncorrectVillain, insults Carter's intelligence '''REPEATEDLY''', even after she's saved the world a few times. After she slugged him in the face, though, he seems to have wised up.
* How often do the bad guys of Series/TwentyFour think they've got enough security to protect themselves from Jack Bauer?
* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'':
** [=McGee=]. Most people realize that being a trained Federal agent makes you dangerous. Just, [[TemptingFate how dangerous could the team computer geek be?]] Then he starts threatening people, and [=McGee=] is actually [[OhCrap pretty scary when he gets angry...]]
** Also, if you get any ideas about going after Abby... She can kill you and not leave any forensic evidence.
* ''Series/DoctorWho''
''Series/DoctorWho'':
** The Doctor is consistently on the receiving end of this trope, even from people those who should really know better, like the Daleks.



* How much of a threat can a [[SquishyWizard gangly]], [[CuteClumsyGirl clumsy]] [[BeleagueredAssistant servant]] be? Well, quite a bit if your name is Series/{{Merlin|2008}}!
* Happens a lot to Mia in ''Series/HitAndMiss'', as she's a [[OldFriendNewGender trans-gender]] [[ProfessionalKiller hitwoman]].
* Nick Burkhardt from Series/{{Grimm}} is subject to this a lot, like when a group of coyotls thinks he and Hank are just two cops with no idea what they are getting themselves into in addition to being out numbered, or in the rare instance where he gets to pull this on someone who knew he was a Grimm when the Reaper dispatcher sends ''two'' Reapers to catch him by surprise, only to get [[LosingYourHead a rather disturbing package in the mail]].
** This can be said of pretty much all Grimms. The pilot has Nick's aunt Marie showing up, in the final stages of cancer, looking like everybody's favorite grandma. She proceeds to kill a Hässlich Reaper with his own scythe. Even when lying in a hospital bed and approached by Munroe (who's not violent, normally), she opens her eyes and tells him to do his worst. She even identifies him as a Blutbad without him even [[GameFace wogeing]]. The trend continues with Nick's mom and Trubel. On the Wesen side, this can also apply to many, especially since not all of them appear imposing when not woged. Munroe is tall and in a fairly good shape, but he's vegetarian, speaks fairly softly, and wears sweaters. He's the last guy you expect to turn rip your arm off if you really piss him off. Then again, he used to be pretty violent in his youth.



** John Crichton is a human from earth--a planet that hasn't even been to its ''own moon'' in almost 30 years at the time the series started--who in early episodes is constantly dealing with the scorn of the more "advanced" members of Moya's crew. And he saves their asses ''every. Single. Time.'' By the end of the first season he's finally earned their respect and friendship. And then it's time for him to do the same with his enemies:
** Crais spent almost a cycle trying to capture him before Scorpius finally gets his hands on him purely by chance. Crais's failure to bring Moya in didn't exactly sit well and made him something of a laughingstock. Then Scorpius found out first hand just ''how'' dangerous and resourceful Crichton is.

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** John Crichton is a human from earth--a Earth -- a planet that hasn't even been to its ''own moon'' in almost 30 years at the time the series started--who started -- who in early episodes is constantly dealing with the scorn of the more "advanced" members of Moya's crew. And he saves their asses ''every. Single. Time.'' By the end of the first season he's finally earned their respect and friendship. And then it's time for him to do the same with his enemies:
** Crais spent almost a cycle trying to capture him before Scorpius finally gets his hands on him purely by chance. Crais's Crais' failure to bring Moya in didn't exactly sit well and made him something of a laughingstock. Then Scorpius found out first hand just ''how'' dangerous and resourceful Crichton is.



* In a ''Series/TheFlash2014'' and ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' crossover, Flash is affected by a HatePlague so Arrow has to stop him. Flash's allies laugh and say Arrow has no chance, since Flash has superpowers while Arrow is just a guy with a bow and arrow. [[BadassNormal He quickly proves them wrong]]. Also, when Arrow offered to train Flash earlier, Flash got cocky, thinking there's nothing someone who doesn't have super speed can teach him, until he gets shot in the back with two arrows.
* Nick Burkhardt from Series/{{Grimm}} is subject to this a lot, like when a group of coyotls thinks he and Hank are just two cops with no idea what they are getting themselves into in addition to being outnumbered, or in the rare instance where he gets to pull this on someone who knew he was a Grimm when the Reaper dispatcher sends ''two'' Reapers to catch him by surprise, only to get [[LosingYourHead a rather disturbing package in the mail]].
** This can be said of pretty much all Grimms. The pilot has Nick's aunt Marie showing up, in the final stages of cancer, looking like everybody's favorite grandma. She proceeds to kill a Hässlich Reaper with his own scythe. Even when lying in a hospital bed and approached by Munroe (who's not violent, normally), she opens her eyes and tells him to do his worst. She even identifies him as a Blutbad without him even [[GameFace wogeing]]. The trend continues with Nick's mom and Trubel. On the Wesen side, this can also apply to many, especially since not all of them appear imposing when not woged. Munroe is tall and in a fairly good shape, but he's vegetarian, speaks fairly softly, and wears sweaters. He's the last guy you expect to turn rip your arm off if you really piss him off. Then again, he used to be pretty violent in his youth.
* In ''Series/{{Highlander}}'', a lot of people underestimate Methos because he's a rather unassuming man and he's very reluctant to get involved in fights. As he points out, just because a guy doesn't enjoy fighting doesn't mean he can't, and a guy doesn't survive to be 5000+ years old without picking up some serious skills.
* Happens a lot to Mia in ''Series/HitAndMiss'', as she's a [[OldFriendNewGender transgender]] [[ProfessionalKiller hitwoman]].
* Season 3 of ''Series/{{Justified}}'' is built around this trope. Detroit mobster Robert Quarles repeatedly underestimates just how smart local gangster [[MagnificentBastard Boyd Crowder]] is. Boyd, for his part, expects that Quarles being a FishOutOfWater will be completely ineffective in Harlan County. He's right, but what he doesn't take into account is just how physically dangerous Quarles can become when cornered.
** Season 4 gives us Bob, a pudgy constable (a law enforcement position that pays almost nothing and has no real authority) who is a constant ButtMonkey and is played by ''Creator/PattonOswalt''. While most people do not take him seriously, GenreSavvy characters remember that back in elementary school Bob hit a bully in the head with a hammer and put the kid in a coma. When two drunk {{Corrupt Hick}}s start firing their rifles at Bob, they discover that Bob has an automatic assault rifle in his car. A mobster captures Bob and tortures him for information but FailedASpotCheck and does not realize that Bob carries a hidden knife on him at all times. Bob simply waits for the mobster to drop his guard and then fatally stabs him. In the confrontation at the high school, an injured Bob is fully prepared to back up Raylan in a LastStand gunfight against a dozen mobsters.



* Caine on ''Series/KungFu'' is always underestimated by people who end up getting their ass kicked by him.
* On one episode of ''Series/MagnumPI'', a Chinese assassin is asking a big hairy sailor where the MacGuffin is hidden. The Chinese assassin is an insignificant looking fellow with glasses. But when the bargaining becomes heated, the assassin kills the sailor with his bare hands in half a second and isn't even breathing hard.
** In another episode, Higgins goes off to an island on a camping trip with some boys from juvenile in a rehab program. They mutiny, but find out that Higgins is a RetiredBadass.
* How much of a threat can a [[SquishyWizard gangly]], [[CuteClumsyGirl clumsy]] [[BeleagueredAssistant servant]] be? Well, quite a bit if your name is Series/{{Merlin|2008}}!
* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'':
** [=McGee=]. Most people realize that being a trained Federal agent makes you dangerous. Just, [[TemptingFate how dangerous could the team computer geek be?]] Then he starts threatening people, and [=McGee=] is actually [[OhCrap pretty scary when he gets angry...]]
** Also, if you get any ideas about going after Abby... She can kill you and not leave any forensic evidence.



* Season 3 of ''Series/{{Justified}}'' is built around this trope. Detroit mobster Robert Quarles repeatedly underestimates just how smart local gangster [[MagnificentBastard Boyd Crowder]] is. Boyd, for his part, expects that Quarles being a FishOutOfWater will be completely ineffective in Harlan County. He's right, but what he doesn't take into account is just how physically dangerous Quarles can become when cornered.
** Season 4 gives us Bob, a pudgy constable (a law enforcement position that pays almost nothing and has no real authority) who is a constant ButtMonkey and is played by ''Creator/PattonOswalt''. While most people do not take him seriously, GenreSavvy characters remember that back in elementary school Bob hit a bully in the head with a hammer and put the kid in a coma. When two drunk {{Corrupt Hick}}s start firing their rifles at Bob, they discover that Bob has an automatic assault rifle in his car. A mobster captures Bob and tortures him for information but FailedASpotCheck and does not realize that Bob carries a hidden knife on him at all times. Bob simply waits for the mobster to drop his guard and then fatally stabs him. In the confrontation at the high school, an injured Bob is fully prepared to back up Raylan in a LastStand gunfight against a dozen mobsters.
* In ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', no matter how many monsters, demons, or other enemies the Winchesters have killed, they're almost always underestimated by whatever enemy they're facing. One notable exception is Crowley, who even lampshades the other villains' tendency to do so:
-->'''Crowley''': "Don't worry about them?" What, like [[{{Satan}} Lucifer]] didn't worry? Or [[ArchangelMichael Michael]], or [[DarkMessiah Lilith]], or [[TortureTechnician Alastair]], or [[DemonLordsAndArchdevils Azazel]] didn't worry? Am I the only game piece on the board who ''doesn't'' underestimate those denim-wrapped nightmares?!
* In ''Series/AgentCarter'', Peggy's coworkers and superiors are all genuinely convinced that behind her bluster Peggy is just another fragile EnglishRose who needs to be protected because she hasn't "grown up" and "learned her place" as a woman. As Peggy points out in the penultimate episode everyone ignores her unless she has coffee or reports because they all think of her as a "stray kitten" in need of shelter or a "secretary turned damsel" in need of protection. Thompson himself only realizes that Peggy is quite the badass when he finally sees her pick up a machine gun and start shooting people alongside her war buddies the Howling Commandos. Peggy decides to be more aggressive in her career and start showing this amongst her coworkers. After pointing out that the intelligence gathering mission would be more effective with a plan she would have no idea her superiors had just dismissed as impossible with their resources, they mock her by stating that they would need a team familiar with the area but don't have access to one. Peggy suggests a team like the Howling Commandos, and her chief jokingly agrees to let her go if she can get them. After she walks off, the two men give each other a look and a chuckle, only for her to walk in a few minutes later to state that the Howling Commandos would meet them at the rendezvous point. The chief follows through with his promise to put her on the team.
* In season two of ''Series/AgentCarter'' everyone underestimates Whitney Frost who at first appears to be simply a Hollywood actress past her prime and the TrophyWife to a prominent industrialist. She is actually a scientific genius and the real brains behind her husband's massive corporation. Then she [[spoiler: is infected by Zero Matter and acquires lethal powers]]. She almost kills Peggy and becomes the true BigBad of the season.
* In ''Series/{{Highlander}}'', a lot of people underestimate Methos because he's a rather unassuming man and he's very reluctant to get involved in fights. As he points out, just because a guy doesn't enjoy fighting doesn't mean he can't, and a guy doesn't survive to be 5000+ years old without picking up some serious skills.
* In a ''Series/TheFlash2014'' and ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' crossover, Flash is affected by a HatePlague so Arrow has to stop him. Flash's allies laugh and say Arrow has no chance, since Flash has superpowers while Arrow is just a guy with a bow and arrow. [[BadassNormal He quickly proves them wrong]]. Also, when Arrow offered to train Flash earlier, Flash got cocky, thinking there's nothing someone who doesn't have super speed can teach him, until he gets shot in the back with two arrows.



* Rick makes the fatal mistake of underestimating The Saviours in ''Series/TheWalkingDead.'' After years of dominating every group they have come into conflict with, Rick firmly believes that The Saviours are just a small group of violent bandits that can be easily taken care of. He soon discovers that they're actually a '''very large''' group of violent bandits, with hundreds of men at their disposal. When their leader shows up, he utterly [[BreakTheBadass destroys Rick.]]

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* Happens occasionally to Dr. Daniel Jackson of ''Series/StargateSG1''. In one particular instance, someone called him a geek while he was under the influence of a physically enhancing alien device. This device also increased aggression and impulsiveness (Dr. Jackson is not usually a hothead). It... didn't end well for said someone.
** Also happened to Carter on occasion, due to her being an attractive woman. In particular, in the episode "The Warrior", a group of free Jaffa are disappointed by the Earth-based weapons they have been provided so O'Neill has Carter demonstrate how effective the weapons are. You can see the patronizing expressions as the Jaffa doubt both the weapons and the female's shooting abilities. Needless to say, Carter proved them wrong on both accounts.
-->'''O'Neill:''' This [Jaffa staff weapon] is a weapon of terror; it's made to ''[[WeaponForIntimidation intimidate]]'' the enemy. This [Earth P90] is a weapon of war; it's made to ''kill'' your enemy.
*** Ba'al, as a PoliticallyIncorrectVillain, insults Carter's intelligence '''REPEATEDLY''', even after she's saved the world a few times. After she slugged him in the face, though, he seems to have wised up.
* In ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', no matter how many monsters, demons, or other enemies the Winchesters have killed, they're almost always underestimated by whatever enemy they're facing. One notable exception is Crowley, who even lampshades the other villains' tendency to do so:
-->'''Crowley''': "Don't worry about them?" What, like [[{{Satan}} Lucifer]] didn't worry? Or [[ArchangelMichael Michael]], or [[DarkMessiah Lilith]], or [[TortureTechnician Alastair]], or [[DemonLordsAndArchdevils Azazel]] didn't worry? Am I the only game piece on the board who ''doesn't'' underestimate those denim-wrapped nightmares?!
* Pretty much the entire point behind ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles''' Cameron. As the show's producers pointed out, and was demonstrated throughout the series, people ''do not'' expect a [[CuteBruiser slender, cute, harmless-looking girl who looks like she's not even out of her teens]] to be a [[RobotGirl cold, implacable and utterly lethal killing machine.]]
* Rick makes the fatal mistake of underestimating The Saviours in ''Series/TheWalkingDead.'' ''Series/TheWalkingDead''. After years of dominating every group they have come into conflict with, Rick firmly believes that The Saviours are just a small group of violent bandits that can be easily taken care of. He soon discovers that they're actually a '''very large''' group of violent bandits, with hundreds of men at their disposal. When their leader shows up, he utterly [[BreakTheBadass destroys Rick.]]



* From ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'': ComicBook/LexLuthor has just taken out the founding members of the Franchise/{{Justice League|of America}} and is smirking at TheFlash.

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* At the beginning of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', Commander Zhao regards Prince Zuko as a [[WhiteSheep weak]], [[RoyalBrat bratty]] teenage punk. They get into an argument, and Zuko challenges him to a duel, which Zhao fully expects to win. Not only does Zuko soundly beat him, but he [[SwordOverHead spares his life]] as well.
** And Zhao does it again against Aang in a later episode; when warned by his former master that he is not ready to fight the Avatar, Zhao arrogantly replies "I think I can handle a child". The result? Aang makes him look like a fool by tricking him into [[NiceJobFixingItVillain destroying his own fleet]], thus defeating him ''without landing a blow''. Obviously, Zhao never learns.
** On the surface, Zuko's Uncle Iroh looks like a quirky old man who'd rather do little else besides sleep and drink tea. Of course, he's exactly that, but he's ''also'' the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Dragon of the West]] and ''will'' kick your ass six ways from Sunday if you give him a reason to. There's more than a few of his foes that don't seem to get that.
** Long Feng saw Princess Azula as a smart and potentially dangerous teenager who was still in way over her head, believing that she would be easy to manipulate and betray. Unfortunately for him, she's actually a full-fledged MagnificentBastard who only played along with that idea before turning his own men against him with her cunning and ruthlessness.
** The sequel ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' keeps in this direction: while [[TheSociopath Yakone]] wasn't exactly a poor villain (he was a dangerously skilled Bloodbender and a Crime Lord), he ''did'' underestimate Aang according to the flashbacks, mocking him and telling him he dealt with people like him before and would do it again. Apparently, he forgot Aang was the ''Avatar'', meaning a guy connected to the Spirit World and controlling all elements. So it's not that much of a surprise when, during their confrontation, Aang just went avatar state, immobilized him and took away his bending.
*** Similarly, [[spoiler:Yakone's son Tarrlok severely underestimated [[BigBad Amon]] when confronted by him and ended up with the same fate.]]
** Also from ''Legend of Korra'', [[GodOfEvil Vaatu]] disregards Wan, saying that a mere human is no match for an immortal spirit like him. He's right, [[spoiler: until Wan [[FusionDance fuses]] with Vaatu's ArchEnemy Raava and becomes the Avatar]].
** The Season 3 Episode "Long Live The Queen" has two; first, the Earth Kingdom soldiers do everything they can to restrain [[PhysicalGod Korra]], but only chain [[BadassNormal Asami]] to a loose pipe, which she proceeds to break free of with ease. The second example involves [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Earth Queen Hou-Ting]] and Zaheer's gang, whom she thinks are nothing more than common bounty hunters she can push around. [[spoiler: They kill her]].
** The Red Lotus planned to end the Avatar cycle by suspending Korra in platinum chains and poisoning her with mercury. The idea was that the Avatar State would activate to try and save her, but ultimately fail. They didn't count on Korra being able to rip the chains from the rock, fly after and subdue Zaheer and survive the poison altogether thanks to Suyin's metalbending.
* When ComicBook/CaptainAmerica escapes imprisonment inside the Skrulls' ship in ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'', the Skrull commander immediately assumes there is no need to bother because "[[GenreBlind This man isn't a threat]]. [[TooDumbToLive There is nothing special about him]]." A few minutes later, Cap has freed all prisoners onboard, convinced all of them (some of them being villains) to team up and led them to a ship which they use to escape. The Super-Skrull even lampshades his commander's stupidity and tries to kill Captain America, declaring him too dangerous to be left alive.
** Similarly, in ''The Deadliest Man Alive'', [[spoiler:ComicBook/RedHulk pulled out a plan to forcibly make the Hulk act even more violent than he usually does in order to get rid of him, be accepted as a replacement for him amongst the Avengers, and gradually take control of the team. When his act is revealed after a failed attempt to frame ComicBook/CaptainAmerica, he [[SmugSuper arrogantly mocks the Avengers]], calling them a joke and gloating about how he could have easily taken over had he not been discovered... then ComicBook/IronMan reveals he [[GenreSavvy never trusted him in the first place]] and put a failsafe in his ID card to neutralize him should he be a traitor. Next second, Red Hulk is immobilized by the failsafe and forcibly turned back into his human alter ego, General Ross.]]
* WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}: the title protagonist tends to get this a lot, especially in the original show, because he is 1) a human in a universe where his species is considered primitive and 2) a kid who happened to end up accidentally in charge of the most powerful weapon in the universe which he barely understands. However, he turns out to be quite good at using it, and only get better with time. Eventually, the villains who already clashed with him before are GenreSavvy enough to warn their minions about not underestimating him (Ghostfreak once beat up his [[TheDragon Dragon]] Dr Vicktor for believing Ben was not worth killing). In the sequels, however, Ben's mutiple exploits ended up making him a LivingLegend, and most villains are careful about not underestimating him.
** One of the most noticable cases of this trope is Simian, an Arachnichimp ConMan who wrongly assumed he could easily fool Ben into doing his job for him by making up a sad story to attract his sympathy. Ben went along with it, but, by the end of the episode, we find out [[GenreSavvy he actually had started to figure out the truth around half the episode]], and ''already'' OutGambitted Simian. The poor alien con man ends up finding out about that far too late, when he is already in presence of his ''very'' pissed off hirer...
** Ben himself severely underestimated [[BigBad Vilgax]]'s [[TheDragon lackey]] [[EvilGenius Psyphon]] ''twice'', seeing as Vilgax is basically TheJuggernaut, while Psyphon would almost never fight and just built tech for his master or advised him, Ben assumed he wouldn't be much of a threat once his master was absent. The first time they fight, Psyphon actually proves a challenge to ''[[SuperMode Ultimate]] [[LightningBruiser Spider-Monkey]]''; [[WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse the second time]], he [[DeadlyDoctor messes with his nerves]], [[BatmanGambit forcing him to go back to human form in order to not hurt anyone]]. Both times, Ben survived mostly thanks to interruption of the fight.
** Ironically, Psyphon himself underestimates [[HyperCompetentSidekick Rook]] during their first fight:
--->'''Rook''': The Body Armor is not for sell, Psyphon!
--->'''Psyphon''' (shooting at him): Oooo, I don't want to buy it! I will pry it from your lifeless body. [[NaiveNewcomer How green are you]] ?
--->(Rook dodges his EyeBeams and [[BatmanGambit tricks him into causing the whole place to collapse on him]])
--->'''Rook''': Not so green that I let a tunnel collapse on me!
** In a moment of BondVillainStupidity, Dr Psychobos assumes Ben isn't a threat to the Faction's plan... even though at this point, Ben has pretty much already become a LivingLegend who saved the Universe several times. Malware even calls him out for it.
* Franchise/{{DCAU}}:
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From ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'': ComicBook/LexLuthor has just taken out the founding members of the Franchise/{{Justice League|of America}} and is smirking at TheFlash.



** ...Cue one of the greatest awesome moments of the whole show.
** Batman gets this too, just like in the comics - notably from Dr. Destiny in "Only a Dream":

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** ...*** ...Cue one of the greatest awesome moments of the whole show.
** *** Batman gets this too, just like in the comics - notably from Dr. Destiny in "Only a Dream":



** Killer Frost and Toyman in the penultimate episode of JLU. She's a stone-cold killer with ice powers, and he's a dwarfish man with toys, it's an easy win, right? She doesn't even get a single hit in.
** There's also Batman's attempt to intimidate Amanda Waller. He expects her to crumble like most ''super villains'' do, and she effortlessly shuts him right up:
--> '''Waller:''' We know more than you think... ''[[SecretIdentity Rich Boy]]''.
** Batman gets one back later on Waller when he reveals that if his identity is outed, he'll drag Waller's secrets out into the public as well, and which one of them is going to look worse? Bonus points for telling this to Waller while they're standing ''in her bathroom'', where she's just emerged from the shower in her supposedly secret and secure home to find the "rich boy" standing there.
* Also from the Franchise/{{DCAU}}, elderly Bruce Wayne does this all the frickin' time on ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond''. Proof? Go to the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' CMOA page and find all of the Old Bruce Entries. 99.9% of those are this, the other .1% is ass-kicking resulting from this.

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** *** Killer Frost and Toyman in the penultimate episode of JLU. She's a stone-cold killer with ice powers, and he's a dwarfish man with toys, it's an easy win, right? She doesn't even get a single hit in.
** *** There's also Batman's attempt to intimidate Amanda Waller. He expects her to crumble like most ''super villains'' do, and she effortlessly shuts him right up:
--> ---> '''Waller:''' We know more than you think... ''[[SecretIdentity Rich Boy]]''.
** *** Batman gets one back later on Waller when he reveals that if his identity is outed, he'll drag Waller's secrets out into the public as well, and which one of them is going to look worse? Bonus points for telling this to Waller while they're standing ''in her bathroom'', where she's just emerged from the shower in her supposedly secret and secure home to find the "rich boy" standing there.
* Also from the Franchise/{{DCAU}}, elderly ** Elderly Bruce Wayne does this all the frickin' time on ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond''. Proof? Go to the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' CMOA page and find all of the Old Bruce Entries. 99.9% of those are this, the other .1% is ass-kicking resulting from this.



** In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyondReturnOfTheJoker'', Terry is contemptuously dismissed by the Joker before their final confrontation:

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** *** In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyondReturnOfTheJoker'', Terry is contemptuously dismissed by the Joker before their final confrontation:



* ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'':
** This is one of the primary themes behind the episode "World's Finest", which brought Batman and the Joker into the picture. Both Superman and Lex Luthor see both the Joker and Batman as non-superpowered beings not worth their time and energy. By the end, Batman has scared the crap out of Luthor (something even Superman never even managed) by breaking into his penthouse, and the Joker comes closer to killing Superman than just about any other villain had previously, almost kills Luthor, takes over the mob, and almost levels a good portion of Metropolis to the ground.
** ''A Fish Story'', which introduces ComicBook/{{Aquaman}}, has him attacking Luthor's assets for endangering seal life by testing explosives in international waters. While Luthor doesn't question Aquaman's powers, he does sees him as nothing but an eco-terrorist who should just be taken care of and is a nuisance at best. Cue TheReveal Aquaman is the king of Atlantis, his army showing up to wreck a ship in a matter of seconds, and Luthor [[OhCrap realizing]] he just [[AwakeningTheSleepingGiant almost started a war with an entire nation whose technology is more than capable of slaughtering humanity.]]
* At the beginning of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender,'' Commander Zhao regards Prince Zuko as a [[WhiteSheep weak]], [[RoyalBrat bratty]] teenage punk. They get into an argument, and Zuko challenges him to a duel, which Zhao fully expects to win. Not only does Zuko soundly beat him, but he [[SwordOverHead spares his life]] as well.
** And Zhao does it again against Aang in a later episode; when warned by his former master that he is not ready to fight the Avatar, Zhao arrogantly replies "I think I can handle a child". The result? Aang makes him look like a fool by tricking him into [[NiceJobFixingItVillain destroying his own fleet]], thus defeating him ''without landing a blow''. Obviously, Zhao never learns.
** On the surface, Zuko's Uncle Iroh looks like a quirky old man who'd rather do little else besides sleep and drink tea. Of course, he's exactly that, but he's ''also'' the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Dragon of the West]] and ''will'' kick your ass six ways from Sunday if you give him a reason to. There's more than a few of his foes that don't seem to get that.
** Long Feng saw Princess Azula as a smart and potentially dangerous teenager who was still in way over her head, believing that she would be easy to manipulate and betray. Unfortunately for him, she's actually a full-fledged MagnificentBastard who only played along with that idea before turning his own men against him with her cunning and ruthlessness.
** The sequel ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' keeps in this direction: while [[TheSociopath Yakone]] wasn't exactly a poor villain (he was a dangerously skilled Bloodbender and a Crime Lord), he ''did'' underestimate Aang according to the flashbacks, mocking him and telling him he dealt with people like him before and would do it again. Apparently, he forgot Aang was the ''Avatar'', meaning a guy connected to the Spirit World and controlling all elements. So it's not that much of a surprise when, during their confrontation, Aang just went avatar state, immobilized him and took away his bending.
*** Similarly, [[spoiler:Yakone's son Tarrlok severely underestimated [[BigBad Amon]] when confronted by him and ended up with the same fate.]]
** Also from ''Legend of Korra'', [[GodOfEvil Vaatu]] disregards Wan, saying that a mere human is no match for an immortal spirit like him. He's right, [[spoiler: until Wan [[FusionDance fuses]] with Vaatu's ArchEnemy Raava and becomes the Avatar]].
** The Season 3 Episode "Long Live The Queen" has two; first, the Earth Kingdom soldiers do everything they can to restrain [[PhysicalGod Korra]], but only chain [[BadassNormal Asami]] to a loose pipe, which she proceeds to break free of with ease. The second example involves [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Earth Queen Hou-Ting]] and Zaheer's gang, whom she thinks are nothing more than common bounty hunters she can push around. [[spoiler: They kill her]].
** The Red Lotus planned to end the Avatar cycle by suspending Korra in platinum chains and poisoning her with mercury. The idea was that the Avatar State would activate to try and save her, but ultimately fail. They didn't count on Korra being able to rip the chains from the rock, fly after and subdue Zaheer and survive the poison altogether thanks to Suyin's metalbending.
* When ComicBook/CaptainAmerica escapes imprisonment inside the Skrulls' ship in ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'', the Skrull commander immediately assumes there is no need to bother because "[[GenreBlind This man isn't a threat]]. [[TooDumbToLive There is nothing special about him]]." A few minutes later, Cap has freed all prisoners onboard, convinced all of them (some of them being villains) to team up and led them to a ship which they use to escape. The Super-Skrull even lampshades his commander's stupidity and tries to kill Captain America, declaring him too dangerous to be left alive.
** Similarly, in ''The Deadliest Man Alive'', [[spoiler:ComicBook/RedHulk pulled out a plan to forcibly make the Hulk act even more violent than he usually does in order to get rid of him, be accepted as a replacement for him amongst the Avengers, and gradually take control of the team. When his act is revealed after a failed attempt to frame ComicBook/CaptainAmerica, he [[SmugSuper arrogantly mocks the Avengers]], calling them a joke and gloating about how he could have easily taken over had he not been discovered... then ComicBook/IronMan reveals he [[GenreSavvy never trusted him in the first place]] and put a failsafe in his ID card to neutralize him should he be a traitor. Next second, Red Hulk is immobilized by the failsafe and forcibly turned back into his human alter ego, General Ross.]]
* WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}: the title protagonist tends to get this a lot, especially in the original show, because he is 1) a human in a universe where his species is considered primitive and 2) a kid who happened to end up accidentally in charge of the most powerful weapon in the universe which he barely understands. However, he turns out to be quite good at using it, and only get better with time. Eventually, the villains who already clashed with him before are GenreSavvy enough to warn their minions about not underestimating him (Ghostfreak once beat up his [[TheDragon Dragon]] Dr Vicktor for believing Ben was not worth killing). In the sequels, however, Ben's mutiple exploits ended up making him a LivingLegend, and most villains are careful about not underestimating him.
** One of the most noticable cases of this trope is Simian, an Arachnichimp ConMan who wrongly assumed he could easily fool Ben into doing his job for him by making up a sad story to attract his sympathy. Ben went along with it, but, by the end of the episode, we find out [[GenreSavvy he actually had started to figure out the truth around half the episode]], and ''already'' OutGambitted Simian. The poor alien con man ends up finding out about that far too late, when he is already in presence of his ''very'' pissed off hirer...
** Ben himself severely underestimated [[BigBad Vilgax]]'s [[TheDragon lackey]] [[EvilGenius Psyphon]] ''twice'', seeing as Vilgax is basically TheJuggernaut, while Psyphon would almost never fight and just built tech for his master or advised him, Ben assumed he wouldn't be much of a threat once his master was absent. The first time they fight, Psyphon actually proves a challenge to ''[[SuperMode Ultimate]] [[LightningBruiser Spider-Monkey]]''; [[WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse the second time]], he [[DeadlyDoctor messes with his nerves]], [[BatmanGambit forcing him to go back to human form in order to not hurt anyone]]. Both times, Ben survived mostly thanks to interruption of the fight.
** Ironically, Psyphon himself underestimates [[HyperCompetentSidekick Rook]] during their first fight:
--->'''Rook''': The Body Armor is not for sell, Psyphon!
--->'''Psyphon''' (shooting at him): Oooo, I don't want to buy it! I will pry it from your lifeless body. [[NaiveNewcomer How green are you]] ?
--->(Rook dodges his EyeBeams and [[BatmanGambit tricks him into causing the whole place to collapse on him]])
--->'''Rook''': Not so green that I let a tunnel collapse on me!
** In a moment of BondVillainStupidity, Dr Psychobos assumes Ben isn't a threat to the Faction's plan... even though at this point, Ben has pretty much already become a LivingLegend who saved the Universe several times. Malware even calls him out for it.

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* ** ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'':
** *** This is one of the primary themes behind the episode "World's Finest", which brought Batman and the Joker into the picture. Both Superman and Lex Luthor see both the Joker and Batman as non-superpowered beings not worth their time and energy. By the end, Batman has scared the crap out of Luthor (something even Superman never even managed) by breaking into his penthouse, and the Joker comes closer to killing Superman than just about any other villain had previously, almost kills Luthor, takes over the mob, and almost levels a good portion of Metropolis to the ground.
** ''A *** "A Fish Story'', Story", which introduces ComicBook/{{Aquaman}}, has him attacking Luthor's assets for endangering seal life by testing explosives in international waters. While Luthor doesn't question Aquaman's powers, he does sees him as nothing but an eco-terrorist who should just be taken care of and is a nuisance at best. Cue TheReveal Aquaman is the king of Atlantis, his army showing up to wreck a ship in a matter of seconds, and Luthor [[OhCrap realizing]] he just [[AwakeningTheSleepingGiant almost started a war with an entire nation whose technology is more than capable of slaughtering humanity.]]
* At the beginning of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender,'' Commander Zhao regards Prince Zuko as a [[WhiteSheep weak]], [[RoyalBrat bratty]] teenage punk. They get into an argument, and Zuko challenges him to a duel, which Zhao fully expects to win. Not only does Zuko soundly beat him, but he [[SwordOverHead spares his life]] as well.
** And Zhao does it again against Aang in a later episode; when warned by his former master that he is not ready to fight the Avatar, Zhao arrogantly replies "I think I can handle a child". The result? Aang makes him look like a fool by tricking him into [[NiceJobFixingItVillain destroying his own fleet]], thus defeating him ''without landing a blow''. Obviously, Zhao never learns.
** On the surface, Zuko's Uncle Iroh looks like a quirky old man who'd rather do little else besides sleep and drink tea. Of course, he's exactly that, but he's ''also'' the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Dragon of the West]] and ''will'' kick your ass six ways from Sunday if you give him a reason to. There's more than a few of his foes that don't seem to get that.
** Long Feng saw Princess Azula as a smart and potentially dangerous teenager who was still in way over her head, believing that she would be easy to manipulate and betray. Unfortunately for him, she's actually a full-fledged MagnificentBastard who only played along with that idea before turning his own men against him with her cunning and ruthlessness.
** The sequel ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' keeps in this direction: while [[TheSociopath Yakone]] wasn't exactly a poor villain (he was a dangerously skilled Bloodbender and a Crime Lord), he ''did'' underestimate Aang according to the flashbacks, mocking him and telling him he dealt with people like him before and would do it again. Apparently, he forgot Aang was the ''Avatar'', meaning a guy connected to the Spirit World and controlling all elements. So it's not that much of a surprise when, during their confrontation, Aang just went avatar state, immobilized him and took away his bending.
*** Similarly, [[spoiler:Yakone's son Tarrlok severely underestimated [[BigBad Amon]] when confronted by him and ended up with the same fate.]]
** Also from ''Legend of Korra'', [[GodOfEvil Vaatu]] disregards Wan, saying that a mere human is no match for an immortal spirit like him. He's right, [[spoiler: until Wan [[FusionDance fuses]] with Vaatu's ArchEnemy Raava and becomes the Avatar]].
** The Season 3 Episode "Long Live The Queen" has two; first, the Earth Kingdom soldiers do everything they can to restrain [[PhysicalGod Korra]], but only chain [[BadassNormal Asami]] to a loose pipe, which she proceeds to break free of with ease. The second example involves [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Earth Queen Hou-Ting]] and Zaheer's gang, whom she thinks are nothing more than common bounty hunters she can push around. [[spoiler: They kill her]].
** The Red Lotus planned to end the Avatar cycle by suspending Korra in platinum chains and poisoning her with mercury. The idea was that the Avatar State would activate to try and save her, but ultimately fail. They didn't count on Korra being able to rip the chains from the rock, fly after and subdue Zaheer and survive the poison altogether thanks to Suyin's metalbending.
* When ComicBook/CaptainAmerica escapes imprisonment inside the Skrulls' ship in ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'', the Skrull commander immediately assumes there is no need to bother because "[[GenreBlind This man isn't a threat]]. [[TooDumbToLive There is nothing special about him]]." A few minutes later, Cap has freed all prisoners onboard, convinced all of them (some of them being villains) to team up and led them to a ship which they use to escape. The Super-Skrull even lampshades his commander's stupidity and tries to kill Captain America, declaring him too dangerous to be left alive.
** Similarly, in ''The Deadliest Man Alive'', [[spoiler:ComicBook/RedHulk pulled out a plan to forcibly make the Hulk act even more violent than he usually does in order to get rid of him, be accepted as a replacement for him amongst the Avengers, and gradually take control of the team. When his act is revealed after a failed attempt to frame ComicBook/CaptainAmerica, he [[SmugSuper arrogantly mocks the Avengers]], calling them a joke and gloating about how he could have easily taken over had he not been discovered... then ComicBook/IronMan reveals he [[GenreSavvy never trusted him in the first place]] and put a failsafe in his ID card to neutralize him should he be a traitor. Next second, Red Hulk is immobilized by the failsafe and forcibly turned back into his human alter ego, General Ross.]]
* WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}: the title protagonist tends to get this a lot, especially in the original show, because he is 1) a human in a universe where his species is considered primitive and 2) a kid who happened to end up accidentally in charge of the most powerful weapon in the universe which he barely understands. However, he turns out to be quite good at using it, and only get better with time. Eventually, the villains who already clashed with him before are GenreSavvy enough to warn their minions about not underestimating him (Ghostfreak once beat up his [[TheDragon Dragon]] Dr Vicktor for believing Ben was not worth killing). In the sequels, however, Ben's mutiple exploits ended up making him a LivingLegend, and most villains are careful about not underestimating him.
** One of the most noticable cases of this trope is Simian, an Arachnichimp ConMan who wrongly assumed he could easily fool Ben into doing his job for him by making up a sad story to attract his sympathy. Ben went along with it, but, by the end of the episode, we find out [[GenreSavvy he actually had started to figure out the truth around half the episode]], and ''already'' OutGambitted Simian. The poor alien con man ends up finding out about that far too late, when he is already in presence of his ''very'' pissed off hirer...
** Ben himself severely underestimated [[BigBad Vilgax]]'s [[TheDragon lackey]] [[EvilGenius Psyphon]] ''twice'', seeing as Vilgax is basically TheJuggernaut, while Psyphon would almost never fight and just built tech for his master or advised him, Ben assumed he wouldn't be much of a threat once his master was absent. The first time they fight, Psyphon actually proves a challenge to ''[[SuperMode Ultimate]] [[LightningBruiser Spider-Monkey]]''; [[WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse the second time]], he [[DeadlyDoctor messes with his nerves]], [[BatmanGambit forcing him to go back to human form in order to not hurt anyone]]. Both times, Ben survived mostly thanks to interruption of the fight.
** Ironically, Psyphon himself underestimates [[HyperCompetentSidekick Rook]] during their first fight:
--->'''Rook''': The Body Armor is not for sell, Psyphon!
--->'''Psyphon''' (shooting at him): Oooo, I don't want to buy it! I will pry it from your lifeless body. [[NaiveNewcomer How green are you]] ?
--->(Rook dodges his EyeBeams and [[BatmanGambit tricks him into causing the whole place to collapse on him]])
--->'''Rook''': Not so green that I let a tunnel collapse on me!
** In a moment of BondVillainStupidity, Dr Psychobos assumes Ben isn't a threat to the Faction's plan... even though at this point, Ben has pretty much already become a LivingLegend who saved the Universe several times. Malware even calls him out for it.
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* The {{Novelization}} of ''Literature/RevengeOfTheSith'' has [[TheDragon Count Dooku]] make this mistake with regards to [[StudentAndMasterTeam Anakin and Obi-Wan]], starting their duel in full SmugSnake mode as he refuses to believe that any Jedi can defeat him. He spends several minutes JustToyingWithThem as he outmaneuvers them--until they [[IAmNotLeftHanded suddenly switch to their favored lightsaber styles]] and start outdueling him, at which point he has "a sudden, unexpected, overpowering, and entirely distressing ''bad feeling'' about this..."
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* People outside the circle of protagonists in ''Literature/TheAscendantKingdomsSaga'' consistently underestimate Kestel Falke. It's easy to discern why: she's a beautiful redheaded woman who used to work as a [[HighClassCallGirl high-society courtesan]]. What many people ''aren't'' aware of: she was also a ProfessionalKiller. To begin with, it's mentioned that female inmates at the Velant PenalColony are often [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil taken advantage of by the guards]], but the first two to force themselves on Kestel both turned up dead. In book four another assassin tries to take her hostage after she spent the whole evening playing the part of a noblewoman, but she overpowers him in seconds
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* People outside the circle of protagonists in ''Literature/TheAscendantKingdomsSaga'' consistently underestimate Kestel Falke. It's easy to discern why: she's a beautiful redheaded woman who used to work as a [[HighClassCallGirl high-society courtesan]]. What many people ''aren't'' aware of: she was also a ProfessionalKiller. To begin with, it's mentioned that female inmates at the Velant PenalColony are often [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil taken advantage of by the guards]], but the first two to force themselves on Kestel both turned up dead. In book four another assassin tries to take her hostage after she spent the whole evening playing the part of a noblewoman, but she overpowers him in seconds
seconds despite having a garrote wrapped around her throat.
5th Apr '17 6:09:07 PM StarSword
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* People outside the circle of protagonists in ''Literature/TheAscendantKingdomsSaga'' consistently underestimate Kestel Falke. It's easy to discern why: she's a beautiful redheaded woman who used to work as a [[HighClassCallGirl high-society courtesan]]. What many people ''aren't'' aware of: she was also a ProfessionalKiller. To begin with, it's mentioned that female inmates at the Velant PenalColony are often [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil taken advantage of by the guards]], but the first two to force themselves on Kestel both turned up dead. In book four another assassin tries to take her hostage after she spent the whole evening playing the part of a noblewoman, wrapping a garrote around her throat, but she overpowers him in seconds.

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* People outside the circle of protagonists in ''Literature/TheAscendantKingdomsSaga'' consistently underestimate Kestel Falke. It's easy to discern why: she's a beautiful redheaded woman who used to work as a [[HighClassCallGirl high-society courtesan]]. What many people ''aren't'' aware of: she was also a ProfessionalKiller. To begin with, it's mentioned that female inmates at the Velant PenalColony are often [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil taken advantage of by the guards]], but the first two to force themselves on Kestel both turned up dead. In book four another assassin tries to take her hostage after she spent the whole evening playing the part of a noblewoman, wrapping a garrote around her throat, but she overpowers him in seconds.seconds
despite having a garrote wrapped around her throat.
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* People outside the circle of protagonists in ''Literature/TheAscendantKingdomsSaga'' consistently underestimate Kestel Falke. It's easy to discern why: she's a beautiful redheaded woman who used to work as a [[HighClassCallGirl high-society courtesan]]. What many people ''aren't'' aware of: she was also a ProfessionalKiller. To begin with, it's mentioned that female inmates at the Velant PenalColony are often [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil taken advantage of by the guards]], but the first two to force themselves on Kestel both turned up dead. In book four another assassin tries to take her hostage after she spent the whole evening playing the part of a noblewoman, wrapping a garrote around her throat, but she overpowers him in seconds.



-->'''VAMPIRE:''' *moving towards Buffy* I don't mind a little appetizer...
-->'''BUFFY:''' You ever heard the expression, "biting off more than you can chew"? Okay... um, how about the expression, "Vampire Slayer"?
-->'''VAMPIRE:''' [[TooDumbToLive What the hell are you talking about]]?
-->'''BUFFY:''' Wow! Never heard that one? Okay, how about, "Oh God, my leg, my leg?" *breaks his leg*

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-->'''VAMPIRE:''' -->'''Vampire:''' *moving towards Buffy* I don't mind a little appetizer...
-->'''BUFFY:'''
appetizer...\\
'''Buffy:'''
You ever heard the expression, "biting off more than you can chew"? Okay... um, how about the expression, "Vampire Slayer"?
-->'''VAMPIRE:'''
Slayer"?\\
'''Vampire:'''
[[TooDumbToLive What the hell are you talking about]]?
-->'''BUFFY:'''
about]]?\\
'''Buffy:'''
Wow! Never heard that one? Okay, how about, "Oh God, my leg, my leg?" *breaks his leg*



* Multiple times on ''Series/BurnNotice'', especially in "Rough Seas", when Michael poses as a nervous nerd with an inhaler... only to turn on the group of drug dealers he's infiltrated when they least expect it. Also notable is "Bad Breaks", in which a bank robber has the bad luck to rob a bank with both Michael and Agent Jason Bly inside.

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* Multiple times on ''Series/BurnNotice'', especially in ''Series/BurnNotice''
** In
"Rough Seas", when Michael poses as a nervous nerd with an inhaler... only to turn on the group of drug dealers he's infiltrated when they least expect it. it.
**
Also notable is "Bad Breaks", in which a bank robber has the bad luck to rob a bank with both Michael and Agent Jason Bly inside.



** When we come back from commercial, Marcus is holding the beaten and bloodied last person from the entire room of thugs who isn't quite unconscious yet, who is quickly blubbering out that he doesn't know anything anyways, before collapsing into unconsciousness. An exasperated Marcus complains to no-one in particular, "[[PrecisionFStrike Bugger!]] [[Funny/BabylonFive Now I have to wait for someone to wake up!]]" He is then surprised when someone else comes into the bar: Lennier, the mousy, quiet, inoffensive diplomatic aide to the kidnapped Delenn. When Marcus grabs Lennier during their discussion, Lennier ''[[NeckLift picks him up by the neck]]'' and calmly reminds Marcus not to underestimate him. Marcus, who has just kicked the crap out of several dozen criminal thugs and assorted underworld hard-cases, thus proving his badassitude beyond doubt, is forced to back down --to another character whose badassitude is perhaps even ''more'' underestimated. (Of course, a few moments later another thug finally wakes up, and out of fear, gives Marcus the information he wanted.)

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** When we come back from commercial, Marcus is holding the beaten and bloodied last person from the entire room of thugs who isn't quite unconscious yet, who is quickly blubbering out that he doesn't know anything anyways, before collapsing into unconsciousness. An exasperated Marcus complains to no-one in particular, "[[PrecisionFStrike Bugger!]] [[Funny/BabylonFive Now I have to wait for someone to wake up!]]" He is then surprised when someone else comes into the bar: Lennier, the mousy, quiet, inoffensive diplomatic aide to the kidnapped Delenn. When Marcus grabs Lennier during their discussion, Lennier ''[[NeckLift picks him up by the neck]]'' and calmly reminds Marcus not to underestimate him. Marcus, who has just kicked the crap out of several dozen criminal thugs and assorted underworld hard-cases, thus proving his badassitude beyond doubt, is forced to back down --to down--to another character whose badassitude is perhaps even ''more'' underestimated. (Of course, a few moments later another thug finally wakes up, and out of fear, gives Marcus the information he wanted.)
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** DonalDuck gets the same treatment. This is the same Donald that can do anything whenever he gets serious enough, [[OneManArmy has beaten up dozens of foes when provoked enough]] and [[CrazyAwesome laughed in the face of the Grim Reaper just to brag that "Donald Duck LAUGHS in the face of Death"]].

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** DonalDuck DonaldDuck gets the same treatment. This is the same Donald that can do anything whenever he gets serious enough, [[OneManArmy has beaten up dozens of foes when provoked enough]] and [[CrazyAwesome laughed in the face of the Grim Reaper just to brag that "Donald Duck LAUGHS in the face of Death"]].
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* A RunningGag in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11701126/1/Anything-Goes-Game-Changer Anything Goes Game Changer]]'' comes from everyone in the Sekirei Game to assume the various members of the [[Manga/RanmaOneHalf Nerima Wrecking Crew]] are Sekirei, only to be beaten effortlessly when they try to either attack them or worse, wing them. Ranma helps a Sekirei in a four on one battle and win handily, while Kodachi not only beats two of Hayato's Sekirei, she also spanks him for his "dishonorable actions".
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* People who don't know DeadPool tend to dismiss him as a harmless, scatterbrained lunatic with the attention span of a gnat. Those who know him also know better.

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* People who don't know DeadPool tend to dismiss him as a harmless, scatterbrained lunatic with the attention span of a gnat. Those who know him also know better.
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* People who don't know DeadPool tend to dismiss him as a harmless, scatterbrained lunatic with the attention span of a gnat. Those who know him also know better.
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