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26th Mar '17 7:15:43 PM EonADS
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** The above goes double for right-handed pitchers. Righty pitchers who can't break 90 mph are generally considered batting practice pitchers, as right-handers can't get quite as much of a tricky windup or funky delivery between their positioning on the mound and their own body mechanics compared to southpaws. However, pitchers like Josh Tomlin, Marco Estrada, Kyle Hendricks, and Yusmeiro Petit have been known to log incredible performances and years, with Tomlin and Petit coming close to logging perfect games, while Estrada and Hendricks both made All-Star and playoff appearances in 2016 (as did Tomlin). This is mainly a factor of their near perfect control, but also of their tricky off-speed pitches (the curveball for Tomlin and Petit, and the changeup for Hendricks and Estrada) that they use to create separation in both movement and speed from their fastballs.

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** The above goes double for right-handed pitchers. Righty pitchers who can't break 90 mph are generally considered batting practice pitchers, as right-handers can't get quite as much of a tricky windup or funky delivery between their positioning on the mound and their own body mechanics compared to southpaws. However, pitchers like Josh Tomlin, Marco Estrada, Kyle Hendricks, and Yusmeiro Petit have been known to log incredible performances and years, with Tomlin and Petit coming close to logging perfect games, while Estrada and Hendricks both made All-Star and playoff appearances in 2016 (as did Tomlin).Tomlin with the playoffs). This is mainly a factor of their near perfect control, but also of their tricky off-speed pitches (the curveball for Tomlin and Petit, and the changeup for Hendricks and Estrada) that they use to create separation in both movement and speed from their fastballs.
26th Mar '17 7:14:18 PM EonADS
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** The above goes double for right-handed pitchers. Righty pitchers who can't break 90 mph are generally considered batting practice pitchers, as right-handers can't get quite as much of a tricky windup or funky delivery between their positioning on the mound and their own body mechanics compared to southpaws. However, pitchers like Josh Tomlin, Marco Estrada, Kyle Hendricks, and Yusmeiro Petit have been known to log incredible performances and years, with Tomlin and Petit coming close to logging perfect games, while Estrada and Hendricks both made All-Star and playoff appearances in 2016 (as did Tomlin). This is mainly a factor of their near perfect control, but also of their tricky off-speed pitches (the curveball for Tomlin and Petit, and the changeup for Hendricks and Estrada) that they use to create separation in both movement and speed from their fastballs.
26th Mar '17 2:34:51 PM flodoris
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** The Yondaime Hokage was arguably this as well. His most destructive technique (shown, at least) was the A-Rank Rasengan... which at full power, can destroy ''maybe'' a twenty-foot area. Compared even to most equivalent elemental jutsu, that's pretty underwhelming (for comparison's sake, the Water Dragon Missile is a ''B-Rank''). And yet his speed, brutally efficient combat style, and mastery of fuuinjutsu made him one of the deadliest shinobi in all of history.
** Tobi. His space-time abilities make him one of the most poweful tactical fighters of the series, he only ever used two large scale ninjutsu whereas the rest of Akatsuki relied on several highly destructive techniques. It's because of this that Itachi said that "Madara" was a shadow of his former self; at the time, Itachi was under the impression that Tobi was the real Madara Uchiha, who tied with the First Hokage, he second "God of Shinobi," in strength. It should be noted that his abilities to control several tailed beasts with his eyes makes up for his lack of personal firepower.

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** The Yondaime Hokage Minato Namikaze was arguably this as well. His most destructive technique (shown, at least) was the A-Rank Rasengan... which at full power, can destroy ''maybe'' a twenty-foot area. Compared even to most equivalent elemental jutsu, that's pretty underwhelming (for comparison's sake, the Water Dragon Missile is a ''B-Rank''). And yet his speed, brutally efficient combat style, and mastery of fuuinjutsu made him one of the deadliest shinobi in all of history.
** Tobi.Tobi at least in comparison with other members of Akatsuki. His space-time abilities make him one of the most poweful tactical fighters of the series, he only ever used two large scale ninjutsu whereas the rest of Akatsuki relied on several highly destructive techniques. It's because of this that Itachi said that "Madara" was a shadow of his former self; at the time, Itachi was under the impression that Tobi was the real Madara Uchiha, who tied with the First Hokage, he second "God of Shinobi," in strength. It should be noted that his abilities to control several tailed beasts with his eyes makes up for his lack of personal firepower. And this is not to mention when he became [[PhysicalGod Jinchuuriki of the Ten-Tails]]...
24th Mar '17 11:54:07 PM mothaibabon
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* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11267384/27/ Chiaroscuro]]'', Sakura manages to beat Neji due to a combination of greater planning and Neji being foolish enough to monologue during a fight. He might have been faster, stronger, and more skilled, but she took that time to set up a flashbang genjutsu.

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* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11267384/27/ Chiaroscuro]]'', net/s/11267384/1/ Chiaroscuro]]''
** Shikamaru and Kakashi manage to take down Orochimaru by tricking him into attacking himself.
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Sakura manages to beat Neji due to a combination of greater planning and Neji being foolish enough to monologue during a fight. He might have been faster, stronger, and more skilled, but she took that time to set up a flashbang genjutsu.genjutsu.
** Shikamaru again, when he distracts Itachi by messing with his mind instead of trying to compete against his technique.
12th Mar '17 12:50:45 PM upupandaway42
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* While Comicbook/WonderWoman always has SuperStrength, and is often a FlyingBrick, she's sometimes this given that she often faces off with PhysicalGods. Notable, against her two main [[{{Archenemy}} archenemies]], Ares and Circe, the [[WarGod god of war]] and a powerful immortal [[EvilSorcerer Evil Sorceress]] respectivly, her strength means little, so she had to rely on her wits, her Amazonian training and her [[TheDeterminator upstoppable determination]] to defeat them.



** In ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'', this is subverted with Comicbook/{{Batman}}, who's only able to go toe-to-toe with Comicbook/{{Superman}} by weakening the Man of Steel with Kryptonite and using a suit of PowerArmor to increase his own strength. When Doomsday arrives, something Bruce has [[OutsideContextProblem no preparations for]], all he can do is dodge and avoid the monster's attacks. It's played straight with Comicbook/WonderWoman who, while having SuperStrength, is a ''much'' physically weaker than Doomsday, but is the only one who's really about to take it on in a fight due to her [[SuperReflexes agility]], experience and training.

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** In ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'', this is subverted with Comicbook/{{Batman}}, who's only able to go toe-to-toe with Comicbook/{{Superman}} by weakening the Man of Steel with Kryptonite and using a suit of PowerArmor to increase his own strength. When Doomsday arrives, something Bruce has [[OutsideContextProblem no preparations for]], all he can do is dodge and avoid the monster's attacks. It's played straight with Comicbook/WonderWoman who, while having SuperStrength, is a ''much'' physically weaker than Doomsday, but is the only one who's really about able to take it on in a fight due to her [[SuperReflexes agility]], experience and training.
12th Mar '17 12:42:33 PM upupandaway42
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** In ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'', this is subverted with Comicbook/{{Batman}}, who's only able to go toe-to-toe with Comicbook/{{Superman}} by weakening the Man of Steel with Kryptonite and using a suit of PowerArmor to increase his own strength. When Doomsday arrives, something Bruce has [[OutsideContextProblem no preparations for]], all he can do is dodge and avoid the monster's attacks. It's played straight with Comicbook/WonderWoman who, while having SuperStrength, is a ''much'' physically weaker than Doomsday, but is the only one who's really about to take it on in a fight due to her [[SuperReflexes agility]], experience and training.
28th Feb '17 6:51:51 PM Owlorange1995
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19th Feb '17 8:23:49 AM Morgenthaler
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* The [[TheHunter Ghoul Investigators]] in ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'' operate on this principle. Ghouls are physically superior to humans in every manner, with CombatTentacles or RazorWings, a HealingFactor, and resistance to conventional weaponry. To have any hope of winning against them, humans have to be incredibly skilled and willing to resort to [[CombatPragmatist whatever methods]] can score a victory.

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* The [[TheHunter [[HunterOfMonsters Ghoul Investigators]] in ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'' operate on this principle. Ghouls are physically superior to humans in every manner, with CombatTentacles or RazorWings, a HealingFactor, and resistance to conventional weaponry. To have any hope of winning against them, humans have to be incredibly skilled and willing to resort to [[CombatPragmatist whatever methods]] can score a victory.
12th Feb '17 4:27:17 AM NoxSky12599
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If the Weak, but Skilled character is TheProtagonist or TheHero, they'll usually be an expert at DeadlyDodging, a fast thinker, and generally [[GuileHero win through cleverness and strategy]] that involve TryingToCatchMeFightingDirty and GeoEffects to win. If they aren't, then they're like a {{Mentor|s}}, TheRival, or TheLancer. They'll usually start out much stronger than the hero overall but [[CantCatchUp won't keep up]] once the hero starts gaining skill himself in the use of his powers. They'll occasionally bail them out but force them to finish their battles, and urge them to train their power to stop the bad guy, whom this character can't take out because the bad guy is both stronghttp://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/WeakButSkilled?action=edit ''and'' skilled.

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If the Weak, but Skilled character is TheProtagonist or TheHero, they'll usually be an expert at DeadlyDodging, a fast thinker, and generally [[GuileHero win through cleverness and strategy]] that involve TryingToCatchMeFightingDirty and GeoEffects to win. If they aren't, then they're like a {{Mentor|s}}, TheRival, or TheLancer. They'll usually start out much stronger than the hero overall but [[CantCatchUp won't keep up]] once the hero starts gaining skill himself in the use of his powers. They'll occasionally bail them out but force them to finish their battles, and urge them to train their power to stop the bad guy, whom this character can't take out because the bad guy is both stronghttp://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/WeakButSkilled?action=edit strong ''and'' skilled.
11th Feb '17 7:08:23 AM Iknewwhothekillerwas
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* ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes [[http://www.gocomics.com/calvinandhobbes/1988/09/09 features a strip]] where Calvin says to Moe, "You're so dumb you probably never thought about how a sparrow's smaller size and greater maneuverability is an advantage in fighting off big crows." Calvin is then punched by Moe.

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* ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' [[http://www.gocomics.com/calvinandhobbes/1988/09/09 features a strip]] where Calvin says to Moe, "You're so dumb you probably never thought about how a sparrow's smaller size and greater maneuverability is an advantage in fighting off big crows." Calvin is then punched by Moe.
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