To fit a typical episode formula, the heroes may have to spend a certain amount of time fighting a [[MonsterOfTheWeek single opponent]]. However, dramatic episodes may have the heroes fighting ''hordes'' of similar minions or critters. Characters with special abilities will suddenly seem much much stronger than before, and how this came to be is almost never [[AppliedPhlebotinum explained]]. They'll be cutting through them like harvesters through hay, making you wonder why it wasn't so easy before.

This often comes up in {{OVA}}s and {{Non Serial Movie}}s, which have less time and more budget to impress the viewer, but occasionally it'll pop up in the show proper near the season finale. An EpicTrackingShot is often a signal of this.

Related to the Law Of ConservationOfNinjitsu. Contrast SoLastSeason. See also SpecialEffectsEvolution.
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Anime/SailorMoon'' often did this near the end of its seasons with nondescript monsters. The usual sentai formula of fights also didn't apply to the movies, which often have individual characters mowing down hordes of monsters.
** Especially jarring in the movie, where a single plant demon (having fed on lifeforce) proves a challenge to the entire team. Then they destroy hundreds of them in a massive battle.
** The Live Action version, ''Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon'', did as well, which is expected as it's a Toku series.
* FightingGame Anime like ''StreetFighter'' and ''FatalFury'' are notorious for featuring KiAttacks much more powerful than the games would suggest. (And in reverse, when ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' was turned into a FightingGame, Ranma's extraordinarily powerful KiAttacks were substantially weakened.)
* The CompilationMovie of the first season of ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' noticeably upped the power of the characters, to the point that Nanoha's [[WaveMotionGun Starlight Breaker]] ''levels a city.''
* ''{{Manga/Bleach}}'' anime. In early seasons a single normal Hollow was a major threat. During the Hueco Mundo arc the Soul Reapers on the team (Ichigo, Rukia and Renji) were slicing through Menos Grande Gillians as though they were nothing, and other characters with lesser power destroyed hordes of regular Hollows without blinking.
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[[folder:Film]]
* ''Film/GodzillaFinalWars'' had this in spades. In the ultimate fanboy "Franchise/{{Godzilla}} versus Everyone" film, Big G plows through almost all his classic opponents, easily dispatching monsters that formerly fought him for an entire movie. In fact, at one point he takes down ''three'' at once in a fight that lasts about a minute (ironically, those three monsters are the only ones Godzilla doesn't kill).
** The [[{{Film/Godzilla2014}} 2014 Godzilla reboot]] features Godzilla in his biggest incarnation yet, bigger than every other incarnation of the character in terms of both height and length.
* When ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' made the jump from syndicated series to big budget movie ''Film/StarTrekGenerations'', TheBridge was upgraded with additional space specifically to fit in more ExplosiveInstrumentation to dramatically send more {{Red Shirt}}s flying during the action sequences.
** Not only that, but the ''Enterprise''-D was destroyed in the movie specifically so they could create a new ship and new sets that looked better on the big screen.
** The franchise makes occasional references to genetic augments, who were so powerful that they caused the Federation to outlaw the process. In the television shows, they've never come across as more than a fit human. Come StarTrekIntoDarkness, and one of them finally lives up to the hype.
* While MST3K had always had a pretty small budget, TheMovie had a larger budget, thanks to being backed by Universal Studios. However, the only thing really different is that everything seemed bigger (including an incredibly expanded set showing other areas of the SOL).
* ''{{Franchise/Terminator}} 2'' - not only the then-record $100 million allowed for a SpecialEffectsEvolution, but the story's scope is bigger and heroes fight more than just a Terminator (such as the police when they invade Cyberdyne).
* The second ''{{Gamera}}'' film Gamera vs. Barugon has noticeably scaled up, well, everything. Bigger sets, better monster suits, better music, better actors, and a more solid over directing style.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''PowerRangers'' occasionally had the bad guys animate a whole bunch of monsters at once, only for them to fall to this trope.
** TheMovie has three main monsters and countless creatures springing from Ivan Ooze. It should be noted also that the rest of the budget was used for the Rangers' suits (they all get breastplates, while some of them gain special abilities) and the special effects, which step up from PeopleInRubberSuits to ConspicuousCGI.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' Season 7 introduced the Turok-han or "Uber Vamps" that are sort of the vampire equivalent of a missing link. They're super hard to kill with chests as hard as concrete so staking is a problem. Buffy spends the first episode they're introduced fighting and killing one of them. ''The whole episode''. Then in the finale the good guys face off against literally thousands of them in a free-for-all fight under the hellmouth and even the more inexperienced members of the team are dusting them left and right. [[WordOfGod Joss Whedon]] mentioned in interview that he was aware of how little sense this made but stood by the episode.
** They did get some AppliedPhlebotinum (the scythe spell) to account for the mass group TookALevelInBadass, though.
** Fear may have also been a factor - not knowing what of the 'usual tricks' would work, particularly when it seemed to fail the first time.
** They know how to kill regular vampires and still get kicked in, no excuse.
** Also, saying it took Buffy the whole episode is a bit misleading. She was definitely in trouble for the first third to half, but she also kept the Turok-Han alive long enough so that she could defeat it in front of all the potentials. Which might have something to do with that fear not being a factor.
* ''Franchise/KamenRider'' series tend to have one of the [[MonsterOfTheWeek Monsters of the Week]] become a {{Mook}} near the end of the season, with multiple costumes made for bigger fight scenes. Their movies also tend to have better wirework, more complex action scenes, and more explosions.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' is this trope in spades. For example, the Daleks are galaxy spanning empires that can field thousands of units - and yet the most we ever saw were the same four or so Daleks costumes paraded around in a circle to make them seem more numerous. . . until the 2005 revival, where the climax of the series featured a Big Budget long shot with millions of Daleks all lusting for the destruction of the Doctor and the extermination of the human race. It made every fan weep tears of joy.
** Happened before that. The Creator/PeterCushing [[Film/DrWhoAndTheDaleks Dalek]] [[Film/DaleksInvasionEarth2150AD movies]] really make a Dalek invasion look like one ''should,'' the first movie even being a remake of the Daleks' show debut, making the very same story seem much more epic. The movies are often reviled by fans for their deviation from canon (Cushing's First Doctor is apparently a human named Dr. Who, primarily) but at the time, it was amazing. They looked at least as good as the 1980s episodes, with a more 'summer blockbuster' feel, at a time when the TV show hadn't worked its way up to color, or having the ''matte paintings'' that were supposed to make the hallways look longer '''[[SpecialEffectFailure actually go all the way to the floor.]]'''
** The show's Dalek episodes benefitted from this film as well - the rainbow-colored Daleks don't look so garish in black and white, so suddenly the show had more props to work with.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Several TRPG have this trope supported by the mechanics. In ''DungeonsAndDragons'' (4th Edition), there are monsters classified as 'mooks', which go down when you deal as much as 1 point of damage to them. While these monsters have AC that match their level, players have powers (mostly once-per-day) that never miss.
* In {{Exalted}}, mooks like these are classified as Extras. A ton of powers have effects that basically says 'extras are fucked, only people with Essence-control may avoid'.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' doesn't use any of the budget that one would expect for them to use buying the rights to [[FamilyGuy flashback jokes]]. Instead, they save their budget to take brief indulgences in awesomely animated action-based episodes. Hell, for "Dungeons and Wagons", the amount of budget used for the RPG plot was literally described as "all of it". These episodes usually feature at least two separate hordes of something.
* ''StarWarsTheCloneWars'' had a major shift from the first season to the second season. Compare the Ryloth campaign from season one to the Geonosis Campaign of season two. And then compare THAT to the Kamino battle of season three, and then Umbara from season four.
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