History MuggingTheMonster / LiveActionTV

2nd Apr '18 10:46:50 PM Lullaby22
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** In season four, this happens to Barry and Ralph (just starting out as Elongated Man). Barry sees this as the perfect chance for some on-the-job training - until the mugger loses patience and shoots Ralph, whose rubbery body deflects the bullet ''into the mugger.''

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** In season four, this happens to Barry and Ralph (just starting out as Elongated Man). Barry sees this as the perfect chance for some on-the-job training - until the mugger loses patience and shoots Ralph, whose rubbery body deflects the bullet ''into the mugger.'''' Incidentally, the mugger is the same guy who tried to mug Barry in the first example. Guess he didn't learn his lesson.
17th Mar '18 12:54:16 PM EDP
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** Finally happens on-screen in the episode "[[Recap/BabylonFiveS02E11AllAloneInTheNight All Alone in the Night]]", a race of InscrutableAliens called the Streib have been [[AlienAbduction abducting]] ships and experimenting on their crews. Unfortunately for them, one of the ships they attack belongs to Captain John Sheridan. Cue RoaringRampageOfRevenge by B5's fighter squadrons and the EAS ''Agamemnon''. It's also stated they did this to the Minbari in the past, and as Delenn puts it, the Minbari "made sure they understood the depth of their mistake."

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** The Earth-Minbari War was one such moment for the Minbari too: as they knew exactly their technological superiority, [[HomeByChristmas the Minbari expected a short and victorious war]], with the ''Black Star'', their flagship, even managing to raid the Sol System early in preparation for a decapitation strike... Then [=EarthForce=] managed to blow up the ''Black Star'', forcing them to greatly reconsider their approach. They still suffered worse losses than expected, and [=EarthForce=]'s increasingly desperate measures meant it took them two years to finally get back to Earth.
** During the Earth-Minbari War the Ch'lonas and the Koulani, Earth Alliance' warlike but much weaker neighbours, thought that the Minbari invasion would offer them a window of opportunity, and after the Minbari surrender they and a fleet of renegade Drazi raiders attacked in full force, with the Brakiri "offering" to buy a few border systems at a fair price "for such damaged goods". Even weakened by the Minbari onslaught, the remnants of [=EarthForce=] resisted long enough to be joined by ships that had been started building and included the new ''Omega''-class destroyers designed to fight a Minbari warcruiser with a mere three-to-one superiority, and the Minbari weren't destroying them faster than they could be built anymore. Ch'lonas and Koulani were decimated, the raiders wiped out, and the Brakiri suddenly retired their "offer" and contributed to Earth Alliance rebuilding for fear of being the next on the list.
** Finally happens on-screen in the episode "[[Recap/BabylonFiveS02E11AllAloneInTheNight All Alone in the Night]]", a race of InscrutableAliens called the Streib have been [[AlienAbduction abducting]] ships and experimenting on their crews. Unfortunately for them, one of the ships they attack belongs to Captain John Sheridan. Cue RoaringRampageOfRevenge by B5's fighter squadrons and the EAS ''Agamemnon''.''Agamemnon'', an ''Omega''-class destroyer. It's also stated they did this to the Minbari in the past, and as Delenn puts it, the Minbari "made sure they understood the depth of their mistake."
17th Mar '18 12:43:23 PM EDP
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** At one point in their pre-contact history, the Centauri had all but renounced war when they made contact with the Xon, the other sentient race of their homeworld. Seeing a defenseless prey, the Xon attacked, caused the collapse of the Centauri First Empire... And its replacement with the Centauri Republic, that beat the Xon back in the sea, chased them to their continent, ''fought off a sudden alien invasion'', and wiped the Xon out.
** The above-mentioned alien invasion: the Shroggen, servants of the Shadows, had chased three Technomages to a world inhabitated by primitives and expected an easy victory, having to fight only three enemies and maybe a bunch of aliens at the start of their industrial age, except the Technomages had arrived early enough to increase Centauri technological level enough that they managed to fight the invaders off.


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** In the 2160s House Jaddo had the monopoly of Centauri trade with Earth, causing their rival Houses to sponsor privateers that first attacked Earth shipping to the Centauri Republic and then expanded to all of Earth Alliance shipping. As this was perfectly normal of Centauri politics at the time and involving the Centauri emperor could have caused an immense political mess, Jaddo did not bring Earth's protest to the Centaurum once the humans realized where the raiders were coming from and provided proof, even as [=EarthForce=] patrols took to chase privateers across the border with enough numbers that only a fully armed Centauri military base could turn them back, as [[WhoWouldBeStupidEnough nobody would have been stupid enough to commit an act of war over some piracy, especially when the Centauri Royal Navy gave back the privateers' loot when they were chased to one of their bases]]... Except Earth Alliance considered ''piracy itself'' an act of war, and at one point one of their patrols chased privateers to a Centauri war base and nuked the place for refusing to give up the privateers too. As the Centauri Republic could not afford a war with Earth at that point and [=EarthForce=] was already mobilized, the emperor ended both House Jaddo's monopoly and the privateering practices before they started it.
** In the 2240s Earth Alliance thought their one uncontacted neighbour was a PaperTiger, and was a bit too careless in trying to establish first contact. Said neighbour was the Minbari Federation, and one misunderstanding later [[HopelessWar the Minbari were bent on genocide with EarthForce being unable to stop them]], with the Minbari's sudden ''surrender'' as they were about to destroy Earth catching the entire galaxy flat-footed.
17th Mar '18 12:25:42 PM EDP
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* In the ''Series/BabylonFive'' episode "[[Recap/BabylonFiveS02E11AllAloneInTheNight All Alone in the Night]]", a race of InscrutableAliens called the Streib have been [[AlienAbduction abducting]] ships and experimenting on their crews. Unfortunately for them, one of the ships they attack belongs to Captain John Sheridan. Cue RoaringRampageOfRevenge by B5's fighter squadrons and the EAS ''Agamemnon''. It's also stated they did this to the Minbari in the past, and as Delenn puts it, the Minbari "made sure they understood the depth of their mistake."

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* Sort of a RunningGag in the backstory of ''Series/BabylonFive'':
** Shortly after Valen's Shadow War, the [[RisingEmpire Garmak]] thought that the Minbari, still reeling from the devastation suffered against the Shadows, were nothing but a PaperTiger, and started raiding them in preparation for an invasion. By the time the Minbari were finished, the entire Garmak military had been wiped out, and the Centauri, much weaker than the pre-war Garmak, waltzed in, conquered their entire empire without any meaningful resistance, and started reverse-engineer their technology to propel themselves as one of the three great powers of the Younger Races alongside the Minbari and the Orieni.
*** {{Inverted}} with the Centauri reaction to the war: between the damage from the Shadow War and the four years of war against the Garmak the Minbari ''had'' become a PaperTiger, but the Centauri, having seen what had happened to the Garmak and underestimating the damage they did before going down, made a policy to not antagonize the Minbari, allowing them to finally recover and ''become'' the invincible force the Centauri thought they were.
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In the ''Series/BabylonFive'' late 20th century the Orieni, knowing that [[ModernMajorGeneral Centauri admirals tended to be promoted for family connections and politics rather than competence]] and seeing the Centauri emperor was trying to end their century-long cold war with full peace, thought the Centauri were led by a weak ruler and thus ripe for being defeated and weakened (not conquered, as the Orieni knew perfectly that the sheer size of the Centauri Republic at the time made impossible to conquer them all in one go), and started a chain of events that made their war go hot. Turned out that Centauri industrial might was just too immense for the Orieni to break their military before the incompetent admirals killed in battle or otherwise replaced by more competent leaders and the Centauri emperor was a formidable ruler that just feared the devastation should the war have gone hot but was more than willing to do everything it took to preserve the Republic, and, after almost ten years, the war ended with Orieni economy collapsed, their military decimated and on the verge of breaking, half their empire occupied and devastated, and their ''pissed'' opponents in orbit of their homeworld deciding to accept the Orieni surrender instead of willingly engaging in genocide.
** Finally happens on-screen in the
episode "[[Recap/BabylonFiveS02E11AllAloneInTheNight All Alone in the Night]]", a race of InscrutableAliens called the Streib have been [[AlienAbduction abducting]] ships and experimenting on their crews. Unfortunately for them, one of the ships they attack belongs to Captain John Sheridan. Cue RoaringRampageOfRevenge by B5's fighter squadrons and the EAS ''Agamemnon''. It's also stated they did this to the Minbari in the past, and as Delenn puts it, the Minbari "made sure they understood the depth of their mistake."
16th Mar '18 7:55:27 PM Crackalacking
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** Don't forget about the [[SarcasmMode superbly intelligent]] criminal who robbed a ''GUN STORE,'' where EveryoneIsArmed. He's reduced to a dead hunk of Swiss cheese within seconds.
8th Mar '18 3:44:09 AM Gemfyre
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* ''Series/ThePunisher2017'': The worksite bullies in episode 1 of season 2 finally push Frank too far. They all end up dead, as per Frank's MO.
28th Jan '18 11:12:50 PM foxley
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* In an episode of ''Series/MacGyver'', a bunch of thugs try to mug the WoobieOfTheWeek, a mentally unstable veteran with a wrestler's physique. Lampshaded by the would-be victim: "Are you crazy? I could have torn your head off!"

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* In an episode of ''Series/MacGyver'', ''Series/MacGyver1985'', a bunch of thugs try to mug the WoobieOfTheWeek, a mentally unstable veteran with a wrestler's physique. Lampshaded by the would-be victim: "Are you crazy? I could have torn your head off!"
6th Dec '17 7:29:24 AM nighttrainfm
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** This was toyed with in one episode, as though both Dexter and the perp knew one another (he being a member of an escaped victim's gang). Dexter plays it off as an attempted mugging, leading to many trope-invoking comments from the other Miami PD.

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** This was toyed with in one episode, as though episode: although both Dexter and the perp knew one another (he being a member of an escaped victim's gang). gang), Dexter plays it off as an attempted mugging, leading to many trope-invoking comments from the other Miami PD.



** A later episode sees a homeless youth being targeted by a pair of muggers, only for it to turn out that [[spoiler:it's [[{{ComicBook.Firestorm}} Ronnie]], and he not only survived the explosion of the particle accelerator, but was empowered by it]].

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** A later episode sees a homeless youth being targeted by a pair of muggers, only for it to turn out that [[spoiler:it's [[{{ComicBook.Firestorm}} Ronnie]], and he not only survived the explosion of the particle accelerator, but was empowered by it]].it.]]
** In season four, this happens to Barry and Ralph (just starting out as Elongated Man). Barry sees this as the perfect chance for some on-the-job training - until the mugger loses patience and shoots Ralph, whose rubbery body deflects the bullet ''into the mugger.''
16th Oct '17 6:57:29 PM silverbolt1
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* ''Series/TheIncredibleHulk'': Basically OncePerEpisode, someone has the bad idea of threaten, harass or harm David Banner... until he [[HulkingOut transforms into]] the titular character and goes after his offenders, who have an OhCrap moment when seeing a tall,green, muscular guy roaring at them.
2nd Aug '17 11:31:49 AM StFan
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* ''OneStepBeyond'' had an interesting version - In "The Burning Girl", Alice is a quiet, put-upon young woman accused of starting fires and getting into (sexual) trouble. Fires do start when she's around, but not the way people think, and she doesn't remember what happens. It's only after a row with her aunt and a near-rape by a local that the truth of her pyrokinetic abilities comes out.

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* ''OneStepBeyond'' had ''Series/OneStepBeyond'' has an interesting version - version. In "The Burning Girl", Alice is a quiet, put-upon young woman accused of starting fires and getting into (sexual) trouble. Fires do start when she's around, but not the way people think, and she doesn't remember what happens. It's only after a row with her aunt and a near-rape by a local that the truth of her pyrokinetic abilities comes out.
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