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->'''Launchpad [=McQuack=]''': I don't know, DW, that sounds dangerous!\\
'''Darkwing Duck''': Yeah? Well then, ''[[TropeNamers let's get dangerous!]]''
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck''

Things are looking bleak. The protagonist and his allies are in a corner; the villain's [[MyKungFuIsStrongerThanYours kung fu is stronger than theirs.]] Outnumbered, outgunned, the situation calls for heroism, and unfortunately for our heroes, the only people around are all [[PluckyComicRelief comic relief]], {{sidekick}}s or {{mentor|s}} figures who've never really stepped up to the plate, when they aren't mere {{Boisterous Weakling}}s.

Hey, what are they doing? Don't they know that they're outside the CompetenceZone? They're prime CListFodder!

Hold on a moment... [[HellYesMoment did he just punt that guy through a wall?]]

A moment in the story when all the quirky, eccentric supporting cast members stop being quirky and eccentric and start demonstrating why you should respect your elders. In effect, it can often be similar to [[TookALevelInBadass taking a level in badass]], except that really, when you think about it, it makes more sense. It's not so much that they [[{{Asspull}} pull the power from nowhere]]. Rather, these characters have always ''had'' that power, and it's simply that now they get to show it in a way that doesn't steal the hero's screen time. In some cases, [[InformedAbility they may even have been actively failing to demonstrate this much-hyped power before]].

This was the CatchPhrase of WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck, a bumbling hero who revealed his true competence and effectiveness from behind a pompous exterior after saying it.

Sometimes preceded by LockAndLoadMontage or a HellYesMoment, depending on the circumstances.

Any RetiredBadass can pull off this trope if sufficiently provoked. {{Main/Hobbits}} are also particularly likely to have it occur every so often. Can overlap with a WorldOfCardboardSpeech, TheCoatsAreOff, TheGlassesComeOff, and/or a PreAsskickingOneLiner.

See also GivingTheSwordToANoob, TheSoCalledCoward, GoodIsNotDumb, ScrapHeapHero, NotSoHarmlessVillain (the EvilCounterpart), CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass, LethalJokeCharacter, IAmNotLeftHanded, ThisMeansWar, MisfitMobilizationMoment, and {{Badass|Bystander}}[=/=]HeroicBystander.

When a whole ''civilization'' [[UpToEleven decides to get dangerous]], this is a SuperweaponSurprise.

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[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* WWE example: The Stooges (Gerald Brisco and Pat Patterson) were retired ex-champions reduced to [[YesMan corporate yes-men]] for the [=McMahons=]. Tag team champions The New Age Outlaws arranged to meet them in a 'hardcore' (anything goes) match, and proceeded to find themselves on the end of 'old school hardcore' (i.e. blinding handfuls of talcum and concealed fist-loads instead of blatant weapons).
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