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1st Dec '16 12:02:51 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'': Grant Ward's brother Christian was built up as a sociopath who tortured Grant and their little brother for years, culminating in Grant's StartOfDarkness when he tried to kill Christian by burning their home down. By the time they meet as adults in season 2, Grant has become a {{Badass}} secret agent trained in infiltration and assassination with expert knowledge of multiple weapons and martial arts. Christian is a rich senator and is implied to hold a lot of political power, but has no more fighting prowess than a normal man would. The result is that Grant manhandles him with ease, forces him to confess to his crimes, and then [[KilledOffscreen kills him offscreen]] without any fanfare.

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* ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'': Grant Ward's brother Christian was built up as a sociopath who tortured Grant and their little brother for years, culminating in Grant's StartOfDarkness when he tried to kill Christian by burning their home down. By the time they meet as adults in season 2, Grant has become a {{Badass}} badass secret agent trained in infiltration and assassination with expert knowledge of multiple weapons and martial arts. Christian is a rich senator and is implied to hold a lot of political power, but has no more fighting prowess than a normal man would. The result is that Grant manhandles him with ease, forces him to confess to his crimes, and then [[KilledOffscreen kills him offscreen]] without any fanfare.
26th Nov '16 6:35:30 PM Zaptech
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* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'': In Season 1, Roman Torchwick was able to fight off Blake and Sun at the same time and nearly kill them. In Season 2, Blake adds some of Weiss' Dust cartridges to her arsenal and wipes the floor with Roman.

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* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'': In Season 1, Roman Torchwick was able to fight off Blake and Sun at the same time and nearly kill them. In Season 2, Blake adds some of Weiss' Dust cartridges to her arsenal and wipes the floor with Roman. By Volume 3, though, Torchwick is back into his groove, and is able to actually beat Ruby, with a little help from his sidekick Neo.
28th Oct '16 2:27:52 PM nombretomado
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** Subverted with Alex. He starts out as the series' most powerful character, then grinds hugely at the end of ''The Lost Age'', and appears to have ground even more with the coming of ''GoldenSunDarkDawn'', effortlessly [=OHKOing=] a main character.

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** Subverted with Alex. He starts out as the series' most powerful character, then grinds hugely at the end of ''The Lost Age'', and appears to have ground even more with the coming of ''GoldenSunDarkDawn'', ''VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn'', effortlessly [=OHKOing=] a main character.
25th Oct '16 4:40:56 PM KingBowser9001
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Oh, wait. He's literally ''[[ExactWords just as strong as before]]. Not stronger. In the slightest. This won't be so bad.


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Oh, wait. He's literally ''[[ExactWords just as as]]'' strong as before]].before. Not stronger. In the slightest. This won't be so bad.

25th Oct '16 4:40:24 PM KingBowser9001
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Surprise! It's an enemy ambush! In fact, it's the [[EliteMooks nasty minion from before]]. Apparently, he's decided that he wants to fight the heroes again. And he's just as strong as before! Oh the horror!

Oh wait. He's just as strong as before, not stronger. Isn't that a relief?


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Surprise! It's an enemy ambush! In fact, it's the that [[EliteMooks nasty minion from before]]. Apparently, he's decided that he wants to fight the heroes again. And he's just as strong as before! Oh the horror!

Oh
Oh, ThisIsGonnaSuck!

Oh,
wait. He's literally ''[[ExactWords just as strong as before, not before]]. Not stronger. Isn't that a relief?

In the slightest. This won't be so bad.

23rd Oct '16 12:19:13 PM flodoris
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* Most recurring villains in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' play this straight, stomping the cast in their first battle, but losing as the heroes become stronger. Spectacularly averted though, by [[AwesomenessByAnalysis Kabuto]], Orochimaru's BastardUnderstudy. When he first appears he's a Jonin level threat, who could probably give Kakashi a decent fight. But after incorporating some of Orochimaru's remains into himself, and mastering ''[[{{Necromancer}} Edo Tensei]]'', he's become a Kage-level threat with a small army of undead heroes and villains all prepared to BossRush the main cast. Between these moves, his ability to genetically engineer monsters like Manda II, and whatever else he's got up his reptilian sleeves, he's gone from CombatMedic to part of a BigBadDuumvirate alongside Tobi, the series' BigBad. And his latest revealed ability, [[spoiler: Snake Sage Mode]], even made [[TheAce Itachi]] go OhCrap. [[spoiler:If it wasn't for Sasuke, Itachi wouldn't have been even able to ''use'' [[EpiphanicPrison Izanami]] on Kabuto. He had literally defeated Itachi ''twice'' there, first by impaling him from all sides with Mushi Tensei, then bisecting him after revealing he had mastered the powers of the Sound Four.]] Talk about NearVillainVictory.

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* Most recurring villains in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' play this straight, stomping the cast in their first battle, but losing as the heroes become stronger. Spectacularly averted though, by [[AwesomenessByAnalysis Kabuto]], Orochimaru's BastardUnderstudy. When he first appears he's a Jonin level threat, who could probably give Kakashi a decent fight. But after incorporating some of Orochimaru's remains into himself, and mastering ''[[{{Necromancer}} Edo Tensei]]'', he's become a Kage-level threat with a small army of undead heroes and villains all prepared to BossRush the main cast. Between these moves, his ability to genetically engineer monsters like Manda II, and whatever else he's got up his reptilian sleeves, he's gone from CombatMedic to part of a BigBadDuumvirate alongside Tobi, the series' BigBad. And his latest revealed ability, [[spoiler: Snake Sage Mode]], even made [[TheAce Itachi]] go OhCrap. [[spoiler:If it wasn't for Sasuke, Itachi wouldn't have been even able to ''use'' [[EpiphanicPrison Izanami]] on Kabuto. He had literally defeated Itachi ''twice'' there, first by impaling him from all sides with Mushi Tensei, then bisecting him after revealing he had mastered the powers of the Sound Four.]] Talk about NearVillainVictory.]]
19th Oct '16 10:13:59 PM MJTR
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** History repeats itself (chronologically speaking) in the original game. Nelo Angelo proves himself Dante's superior in their first battle, but Dante wins their second before slaying him in their third. Thematically appropriate, as Nelo is Vergil's reanimated corpse.
29th Sep '16 6:45:59 PM Cakeman
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Surprise! It's an enemy ambush! In fact, it's the [[EliteMooks nasty minion from before]]. TheHero's group nearly died fighting him last time, and now he's back and just as badass as he ever was.

[[ExactWords The key words for this trope are "just as".]]

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Surprise! It's an enemy ambush! In fact, it's the [[EliteMooks nasty minion from before]]. TheHero's group nearly died fighting him last time, and now Apparently, he's back and decided that he wants to fight the heroes again. And he's just as badass strong as he ever was.

[[ExactWords The key words for this trope are "just as".]]
before! Oh the horror!

Oh wait. He's just as strong as before, not stronger. Isn't that a relief?

24th Sep '16 2:01:36 PM Godzillawolf
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** Yggdrassil's New Generation Riders are the central threat during the second quarter of the series, but stop being this after TheHero unlocks his SuperMode.

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** Yggdrassil's New Generation Riders are the central threat during the second quarter of the series, but stop being this after TheHero unlocks his SuperMode. Justified with Sigurd, who is noted as ''relying'' on his power rather than his own skill, and thus when Gaim gets a power comparable to his, he's no match at all for him. Subverted with Kamen Rider Duke, who is shown constantly upgrading his armor (which was an AceCustom to begin with) and remains a threat until his death.
5th Sep '16 5:40:48 PM KenMoreau
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* Explicitly stated by the analysts of the Rangora who are trying to figure out how to beat the humans in ''Literature/{{Troy Rising}}'' by ''Author/JohnRingo''. In 17 years the humans boot-strapped themselves from having no credible space war capability to having battle stations that can defeat entire Rangoran invasion fleets, which hasn't felt the need to improve itself in thousands of years. In Chapter 30 of "Citadel", the Rangoran analyst's models show the Rangora could not have matched what Earth has already done in those 17 years, that with the current two battle stations the Rangora will not be able to successfully invade and defeat the Earth system, and that within 20 years the additional three battle stations that are actively being built will enable the humans to invade and defeat the entire Rangoran Empire.

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* Explicitly stated by the analysts of the Rangora who are trying to figure out how to beat the humans in ''Literature/{{Troy Rising}}'' by ''Author/JohnRingo''. In 17 years the humans boot-strapped themselves went from having no credible space war capability being ruled by a single crappy Horvath cruiser, to having multiple battle stations that can defeat entire Rangoran invasion fleets, which hasn't fleets (which wiped the floor with the Horvath and are busy conquering everybody else in sight), since no other race in the galaxy has felt the need to improve itself their technology in thousands of years. In Chapter 30 of "Citadel", the Rangoran analyst's models show the Rangora could not have matched what Earth has already done in those 17 years, that with the current two battle stations the Rangora will not be able to successfully invade and defeat the Earth system, and that within 20 years the additional three battle stations that are actively being built will enable the humans to invade and defeat the entire Rangoran Empire.
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