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10th Nov '17 4:21:46 PM naal2
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* ''Fanfic/FriendshipIsMagicTheAdventuresOfSpike'': According to Spitfire, ponies tend to do this about the Wonderbolts, often forgetting that despite being most well known for stunt shows, they ''are'' part of the military. And they show it during the changeling invasion.

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* ''Fanfic/FriendshipIsMagicTheAdventuresOfSpike'': According to Spitfire, ponies tend to do this about the Wonderbolts, often Wonderbolts,[[note]]An addmittedly easy thing to do, considering their [[TheWorfEffect track]] [[MilitariesAreUseless record.]][[/note]]often forgetting that despite being most well known for stunt shows, they ''are'' part of the military. And they show it during the changeling invasion. Though this admittedly isn't saying much, considering how easy it is to beat a changeling.



* In ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' fanfic ''Fanfic/{{Symbiosis}}'' Poison Lance, a Weedle, tells off the [[HellHound Houndhooms]] chasing after Ash and Mareep, saying that if they turn away he will spare their lives. The Houndhooms laugh in his face, which turns out to be a [[AllWebbedUp big]] [[RetiredBadass mistake]].
* In the ''[[Fanfic/AradsStardust Stardust]] sequel ''Mente Materia'', recovered documents reveal that [[spoiler:Vide]] doesn't consider the changelings, griffons or minotaurs a threat to their operations, to the point of not even including details on their capabilities or recommended countermeasures.

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* In ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' fanfic ''Fanfic/{{Symbiosis}}'' Poison Lance, a Weedle, tells off the [[HellHound Houndhooms]] Houndooms]] chasing after Ash and Mareep, saying that if they turn away he will spare their lives. The Houndhooms Houndooms laugh in his face, which turns out to be a [[AllWebbedUp big]] [[RetiredBadass mistake]].
* In the ''[[Fanfic/AradsStardust Stardust]] Stardust]]'' sequel ''Mente Materia'', recovered documents reveal that [[spoiler:Vide]] doesn't consider the changelings, griffons or minotaurs a threat to their operations, to the point of not even including details on their capabilities or recommended countermeasures.
2nd Nov '17 3:00:55 PM Eddy1215
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** In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'' Golgomath, the giant with Death Eater ties who ripped the off [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Karkus]]'s head, assumes that Hagrid and Madame Maxime will be easy prey. They escape from him handily, though many of the giants who wanted to ally themselves to the Order were killed in the ensuing bloodbath.

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** In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'' Golgomath, the giant with Death Eater ties who ripped the off [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Karkus]]'s head, assumes that Hagrid and Madame Maxime will be easy prey. They escape from him handily, though many of the giants who wanted to ally themselves to the Order were killed in the ensuing bloodbath.
2nd Nov '17 2:21:43 PM darkemyst
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** In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'' Golgomath, the giant with Death Eater ties who ripped the off [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Karkus]]'s head, assumes that Hagrid and Madame Maxime will be easy prey. They escape from him handily, though many of the giants who wanted to ally themselves to the Order were killed in the ensuing bloodbath.
27th Oct '17 12:42:21 PM JJHIL325
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** 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]].

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** 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]].GoodAllAlong]].
26th Oct '17 6:10:34 AM gophergiggles
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** This was also infamously used on the audience when Judgment Day came out, as there was no indication ''Creator/{{Robert Patrick}}'s'' character was the villain and people assumed the villain would be Big Arnie again rather than the much smaller and leaner police officer. Cue the T-1000 going toe-to-toe with the T-800, and ''winning'', and this is before he even reveals [[VoluntaryShapeshifting how creative he is with his liquid metal]]...
21st Oct '17 6:45:12 PM Nyame
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* ''FanFic/WarOfTheBiju'': Many of the Edo Tensei underestimate the younger, alive shinobi they're forced to fight. Unlike most examples, however, they're nominally ''happy'' when they're proven wrong, because the people they're fighting are their comrades, even if they're dead. This attitude is due to lack of foreknowledge and an extension of their summoner, Kabuto's, will, who has made this mistake ''constantly'' even though he should know better by now.
15th Oct '17 11:44:26 AM gb00393
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** Kevan Lannister is on the receiving end of this. Cersei thinks that he'll be a YesMan to her due to his loyal service to Tywin. She's surprised to learn that he ain't a pushover.
14th Oct '17 11:05:14 AM PlasmaTalon
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** The planet Nocturne was a frequent target of Dark Eldar raids until the super human primarch Vulkan came along and decided to fight back. Inspiring the natives humans, ordinary people who up until then had given up fighting in favor of hiding to give their super advanced, nigh immortal and better equipped tormentors such a beating that they never came back.
4th Oct '17 9:51:48 AM lillolillo
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* ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'' gets this a lot. Because she's a temperamental teenager, their enemies assume she is an easily manipulable, naive little girl. Because she's a super-strong Kryptonian, her enemies assume she's dumb muscle. She always shows she isn't a pushover.

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* ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'' gets this a lot. Because she's a temperamental teenager, their her enemies assume she is an easily manipulable, naive little girl. Because she's a super-strong Kryptonian, her enemies assume she's dumb muscle. She always shows she isn't a pushover.


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* In ''ComicBook/PowerGirl'' fanfic ''Fanfic/AForceOfFour'', the trio of Kryptonian criminals are initially reluctant to take part in Badra's plan... until she tells them Superman is dead and his female cousin is the world’s guardian now. They think they can take on Power Girl easily. Big mistake.
-->Mala's eyes went wide with pain and surprise. He'd expected this job to be a walk. Two of them against a girl? No problem. Three of them had taken down the great Superman.\\
Now, the pain in his abdomen and his lack of breath were forcing him to reconsider matters.
29th Sep '17 12:49:03 PM BeerBaron
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* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'', one would think that a memo would have been sent to all of the Nine Holds warning ''everyone'' not to [[BullyingADragon threaten]] the Dragonborn, who routinely fights ''Dragons'' single-handedly. They generally learn their error within a few moments of hearing '''"[[BlownAcrossTheRoom FUS RO DAH!]]"'''
** Taken to an extreme by the Thalmor, who despite having the military strength to threaten the Empire, only ever bother to send up to 3 mooks after you at a time, even though they potentially may have suffered dozens of casualties at your hands.

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* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'', one ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'':
** One
would think that a memo would have been sent to all of the Nine Holds warning ''everyone'' not to [[BullyingADragon threaten]] the Dragonborn, [[PlayerCharacter Dragonborn]], who routinely fights ''Dragons'' single-handedly. They generally learn their error within a few moments of hearing '''"[[BlownAcrossTheRoom FUS RO DAH!]]"'''
** Taken to an extreme by the Thalmor, [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Thalmor]], who despite having the military strength to threaten the Empire, only ever bother to send up to 3 mooks after you at a time, even though they potentially may have suffered dozens of casualties at your hands.hands.
** The [[ChurchMilitant Vigil of Stendarr]], while noble in their cause, seem to consistently underestimate their villaious enemies. The Vigil, despite their best efforts, are often unprepared for just how nasty their enemies can get. The Vigilant investigating a cultist's house in Markarth is dominated and driven to murderous violence by [[TheCorrupter Molag Bal]], and the entire Hall of the Vigilant, the group's headquarters, is wiped out by the Volkihar vampire clan at the start of the ''Dawnguard'' DLC.
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