->''"They do say that the weakest dogs howl the most."''
-->-- '''Miguel Kurashiki''', ''VisualNovel/RoseGunsDays''

[[BoisterousBruiser Some characters]] like to brawl, mock authority and protocol, and will fight eagerly.

This character is just as loud and doesn't like to be ordered around. But contrary to the BoisterousBruiser… he doesn't really have much to back it up. He is physically (and maybe emotionally) weak but that doesn't stop him from constantly calling out those who glower at him (or so he thinks). Sure he may pick on people weaker than him, but if he happens to realize his opponent can effectively kick his ass, either he will find a lame excuse, or insist and ''get'' his ass kicked just for the sake of form. Don't expect that to make him think twice the next time, though: the Boisterous Weakling shows an astounding inability to acknowledge his own impotence. Even if he tries to bite, he has no fangs. Every once in a while, you'll encounter ones who do ''not'' back down as long as they have an unfair advantage, usually in the form of weapons or a group of buddies whom they can set loose on their target.

Often PlayedForLaughs. If the author likes the character enough, he may pull out a NotSoHarmlessVillain[=/=]LetsGetDangerous moment or even [[TookALevelInBadass Take A Level In Badass]].

Can overlap with FearlessFool, MilesGloriosus, SmallNameBigEgo, DirtyCoward or SuperLoser. They may also be a KidSamurai or YoungGun who knows how to talk themselves up just enough to get themselves into serious trouble. Compare FakeUltimateHero and FeetOfClay, when the character is ''alleged'' to be strong by other people. Contrast GentleGiant, CowardlyLion, and TheSoCalledCoward. Also contrast the SmugSuper, who will usually have very good reasons to be smug, as well as the AwesomeEgo.

An intellectual equivalent would be KnowNothingKnowItAll. Compare InferioritySuperiorityComplex.

!! Examples:


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' has [[JerkAss Envy]] who may talk a lot of trash, but he can't really back it up particularly when [[spoiler: fighting Mustang]].
* ''Manga/VinlandSaga'' has Orman, a rebellious punk who only dreams of the battlefield, gets into arguments for nothing, and is always talking about the "honor of Nordic warriors". But whenever he has to actually use a sword, it's painfully obvious he has no skills whatsoever. When we first see him, he can't even ''draw his sword'' properly. He becomes less boisterous [[spoiler:after he actually kills someone.]]
* Haruka in ''Anime/MaiHime'', despite being a totally normal, powerless human and totally overwhelmed by the situation, will not let you forget that ''she'' is in command. She doesn't hesitate to face ''tanks and soldiers'' and even provoke a [=HiME=] [[spoiler:[[DyingMomentOfAwesome while her own body is fading away]].]] In her case, these guts are actually what makes a good part of the fandom like her.
* Mr. Satan in ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' is actually [[BadassNormal rather strong for a normal human]], but inevitably fails to notice that the monsters he taunts and challenges can disintegrate him effortlessly or destroy planets on a whim. He gets better near the end of the series, though.
* Black☆Star is essentially this at the beginning of ''Manga/SoulEater'', constantly boasting about his strength and announcing his strategies out loud, which then leads to his ass getting kicked.
* Team Rocket in ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' is a trio of this, although Jessie and James use their Pokemon instead of doing the actual fighting themselves.
* The titular character of ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' was this as a child and at the very beginning of the series. As soon as he learns the [[SelfDuplication Shadow Clone Technique]] though, he takes levels in badass for breakfast.
* In ''Manga/DailyLivesOfHighSchoolBoys'', Sanada North's StudentCouncilPresident starts a fight against Sanada East's counterpart Ringo only to get [[CurbStompBattle his ass kicked]] without landing a single punch.
%%* Impmon from ''Anime/DigimonTamers''.
* Yagi from ''Manga/{{Holyland}}'' shouts a good shout but can't back it up with his fists at all. If he doesn't have a better fighter to cower behind, Yuu or another good guy will usually do him in with a CurbStompBattle.
* ''Manga/OnePiece''
** Buggy the Clown becomes this by sheer accident--although he's considered a lightweight at best and a nuisance at worst by any notable pirate who has actually seen him fight, the World Government does some research on him and finds out that he was a crewmate of the legendary Gold Roger and a former good friend of Shanks, one of the strongest living pirates. When Buggy finds out, he plays up this new reputation and receives a crowd of admirers, all of whom are much stronger than he is, some of whom are notable pirates themselves. He's still just as bad in combat as ever, but his loyal fans will decimate anyone Buggy wants.
** Buggy IS a credible threat...in the calmest area of the least dangerous sea. His Devil Fruit power makes him immune to slashing attacks and is very difficult to deal with if you're not a highly skilled or similarly superpowered fighter with a good strategy. His problem comes from pushing his luck and going into seas where mere mooks have a decent shot at taking him out, relying on his unearned reputation instead of training or developing his powers like Luffy.
** Kelly Funk of the Dressrosa Arc is also this, though in a bit of a subversion, his Jacket-Jacket Fruit powers allow him to take over the form of his [[GentleGiant meek, but genuinely powerful brother Bobby Funk]], upgrading him to an actual threat, albeit one that's still quickly [[TheWorfEffect worfed]].
* The Neo-Nazis from ''Manga/BlackLagoon''. When Revy and Dutch annihilated them in their ship, the Neo-Nazis end up killed [[CurbStompBattle without shooting a single bullet]].
* Pretty much every student attending Shirokin in ''Manga/{{Gokusen}}''. If someone even so much as looks at them funny, they quickly pick a fight and, nine times out of ten, get their asses handed to them and/or have to be rescued by [[BadassTeacher Kumiko]].
* Kuroda in ''Manga/AngelDensetsu'' is a shining example of people who only pick on people weaker than them. {{Irony}} bites because he *is* strong, big and tough but too stupid and cowardly to capitalize on his advantages.
* ''Anime/GirlsUndPanzer'',
** Alisa of Saunders is hot-tempered and arrogant, but an ineffective tank commander, especially when she is panicking. Her tank isn't necessarily weak, since it's strong enough that [[TheAllegedCar the Type 89 most likely could not have penetrated its armor]], but she doesn't put it to very good use.
** Mizushima's twitter describes the bandaged teddy bear in Miho's room as this type of character. It's nicely demonstrated in ''Der Film'', which shows him getting beaten up by the other animals when he challenges them to a fight, and even with ThePowerOfFriendship, he can only throw a single ineffective punch that misses.
-->"The name is “Bokorare-Guma series”. He likes fight and has a loose temper, but is weak. He gets bashed up all the time, so you can see why he wears bandages in so many different places".
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'': Patrick Colasour, who brags about being undefeated in over 2000 simulation matches ''even as his mecha is being sliced apart''. Throughout the series, he talks big and acts like an ace pilot, but always gets shot down with little fanfare. His miraculous survival of all the times he's been shot down earns him the disparaging nickname of "The Immortal Colasour", but he misses the point and thinks it's genuine praise. In a subversion, he actually does grow more competent as the series goes on, and by the end is a respectably skilled pilot, though still nowhere near AcePilot status.
* In ''Manga/FairyTail'', Elfman was this early on in the series. In spite of his preaching the value of manliness, he could only manage partial transformations, which only amounted to punching someone a bit harder, and his guildmates saw him as something of a joke. He largely overcomes this when he masters Full-Body Take Over and [[CurbStompBattle defeats Monsieur Sol]].

[[folder:Comic Books]]
%% * Creator/MarvelComics' [[Comicbook/TheMightyThor Volstagg]] is somewhere between this trope and MilesGloriosus DependingOnTheWriter.
* Many minor ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' villains of the early [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] turned into this in UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks, since they remained active supervillains but had their skills downplayed and their ridiculous motifs played up. Typically, they'd show up, full of bluster, and be dropped within a page or even a panel. Killer Moth, Catman (before writer Creator/GailSimone [[Comicbook/SecretSix rescued him]]), and the 1940s version of the Cavalier all got such treatment at various points. In both the comics and one of the animated ''Batman'' series, Killer Moth eventually took a ''skyscraper'' in badass, mutating into a deadly and carnivorous actual moth named Charaxes.
* Many criminals in ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'' talk tough...but they can never stand up to a Mega-City Judge.
* In UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks, this was the role of many a teen sidekick.
* The vast majority of the criminals seen in Creator/GarthEnnis's ''[[Comicbook/ThePunisher Punisher]]'' comics are tough-talking, gun-happy street criminals...but when they go up against Frank Castle, a trained soldier with military equipment, they're far less powerful and dangerous than they imagine. It's even {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in the first issue of [[Comicbook/ThePunisherMAX the MAX series]].
-->'''The Punisher:''' Most wiseguys are one part street-smarts to two parts muscle. Enough to terrify the mooks that owe them money, but not much more.

* Harry from ''Film/HomeAlone''. His partner Marv ''wishes'' he could be this, but he's not that threatening even on a superficial level.
* A perfect example of this trope is Wimp Lo from ''Film/KungPowEnterTheFist''. He constantly taunts the actual hero, getting beaten up easily and unable to do even the simplest combat move. According to Master Yang, Wimp Lo is "an idiot who was trained wrong on purpose, as a joke". He thinks getting kicked in the face is "face to foot style", as an example.
* 'Ol' Cigaret' in ''Film/EmperorOfTheNorth'' is always boasting about how he's the toughest hobo riding the rails, but the real veteran 'A-No. 1' has his number right from the start. At the end of the movie, he's so fed up with Cigaret's bragging that he just picks him up and throws him off the train into a lake.
* Ike Clanton in ''Film/{{Tombstone}}'' is a loudmouth who starts several gunfights, but he's always the first to fall [[MilesGloriosus or flee]] despite his bravado. The obnoxious, bullying casino employee at the beginning, played by [[TheCameo Billy-Bob Thornton]], is another example.
* When "Happy" Hogan and the Black Widow infiltrate Ivan Vanko's hideout in ''Film/IronMan2'', Happy comes off as this in comparison to the more skilled Natasha; he wins his fistfight with a single Mook, but she easily takes down the other dozen or so in the meantime. Though to be fair to Happy, it's more an example of OvershadowedByAwesome, as he ''is'' a competent boxer in his own right.
* Ash Williams plays this part throughout much of ''Film/EvilDead2'' and some of ''Film/ArmyOfDarkness'', but by the end of each film, he's become the catchphrase-tossing, boomstick-toting badass we all know and love.
* ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'''s Steve Rogers before he gets the super soldier serum. Even as a 98 pound weakling, Steve never backs down from bullies...[[CurbStompBattle with predictable results.]] Notable in that this is overall portrayed in a positive light, as courage and selflessness: Rogers is well aware of how weak he is, and yet he's willing to stand up to tough odds for what he believes is right, rather than some delusional loudmouth who overestimates his strength. It's these qualities, in fact, that get him picked for the serum.
* [[{{Jerkass}} Kreese]] from ''Film/TheKarateKid'' is mentioned to be a Vietnam vet, and is not only really hard on his students but continually (and loudly) talks of toughness and showing no mercy. This culminates in him confronting his top student, Johnny, for losing the tournament against Daniel, breaking Johnny's second place trophy and ''strangling him''. All the more sweeter when [[BadassGrandpa Mr. Miyagi]] steps in and dolls out the humiliation of a lifetime to the asshole by [[DeadlyDodging goading him into punching through car windows]] and then giving his nose a good honk.
* ''WesternAnimation/CatsDontDance'' has Pudge. He is an adorable young Penguin who is ready to fight anyone and anything that hurts his friends. His excuse for not fighting the [[BigBad Big Bad's]] henchman? "I didn't wanna to hurt the guy." Nevermind the fact that said henchman is a hulking gorilla who is at least six feet taller than Pudge. To his credit, he does try to fight the films Big Bad during her much deserved HumiliationConga, but she beats him with one swing of her arm. This is HarsherInHindsight when you consider that she is a small human who has been electrocuted, flattened and hit in the face prior to this failed fight among other things.

* There is a joke about a small animal (told in Russia about a hedgehog) standing and shouting "I am strong! I am strong". A passing bear gives it a kick. The hedgehog flies a few meters, stands up, brushes itself off and shouts "I am light, but strong!"

* [[TheNapoleon Curley]] in ''Literature/OfMiceAndMen'' is small and verbally confrontational. Candy theorizes his attitude is basically a manipulative way to get people's admiration or sympathy [[MortonsFork one way or another]].
-->'''Candy''': S'pose Curley jumps a big guy an' licks him. Ever'body says what a game guy Curley is. And s'pose he does the same thing and gets licked. [[PlayingTheVictimCard Then ever'body says the big guy oughtta pick on somebody his own size]], and maybe they gang up on the big guy.
* ''Literature/TheIronTeeth'' web serial has a lot of guys like this. They're called goblins. Every goblin thinks it's the toughest thing around, even when its obviously not.
* Joffrey Baratheon of ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' may talk a good game, but while his [[spoiler:alleged]] father is a well-known BoisterousBruiser famed for his skill as well as his bravado, Joffrey himself is a weak, cowardly bully who can only get away with [[KickTheDog continually punting puppies]] because of his status as king. He claims to be vicious and manly, but is often put in place by his dwarf uncle Tyrion for his StupidEvil antics, and when he is disarmed by Arya Stark, he pitifully pleads for his life (though to be fair, [[LittleMissBadass Arya Stark is no ordinary little girl]]).
** Although he could potentially be a remarkably skilled warrior if he weren't such a spoiled coward. After all, his [[spoiler:real]] father is the one of the best natural swordsmen in the world and he at least holds his own against Robb Stark, who was two crucial years older than him.
** Viserys Targaryen is very much the same, he keeps boasting that he would reclaim his kingdom one way or another, but he doesn't have the skills or the means to back it up. All he ever does is bully his sister, and is general kicked around by the Dothraki.
* Clip From ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' isn't a bad fighter per se, but every onscreen fight he is in, he gets his ass handed to him. Of special note is his encounter with [[spoiler: Trull]], wherein he boasts that he has never been beaten by a spear-wielder. Well, he has now.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''
** For a while this was Xander's role, thanks largely to his becoming OvershadowedByAwesome but still insisting on joining in the battles.
** An even better example might be Wesley Wyndham-Pryce, at least before he TookALevelInBadass in the SpinOff ''Series/{{Angel}}''. Even there, it took some time for him to become as formidable as he initially thought he was.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Joffrey seems to have picked up Robert's boisterousness but his disastrous upbringing means there's none of the bruiser to back it up, and instead he's an arrogant, sadistic coward.
** Hot Pie projects strength this way, but is mellow enough once Arya gets to know him.
* In ''Series/LieToMe'', Cal Lightman is thwarted at any bit of assault toward him. He is occasionally battered.
* ''Series/{{Justified}}'': Harlan County gangster and marijuana dealer Dickie Bennett talks a lot of trash for a [[LeanAndMean scrawny]], [[EvilCripple physically impaired]], [[PsychopathicManchild emotionally stunted]] [[DirtyCoward coward]]. The fact that he normally has his brothers [[TheBrute Coover]] or [[KillerCop Doyle]] backing him up helps explain this.
* ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'': Mac likes to pretend that he knows karate. He's always looking for the chance to prove that he's a badass, until one turns up, [[DirtyCoward then he just runs away]].

* The boyfriend of Music/TaylorSwift from the I Knew You Were Trouble video.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* In professional wrestling, this is thrown around a lot with heel characters. While how pathetic they actually are varies, almost all heels are cowards to some extent and tend to suffer some mild BadassDecay when they make a FaceHeelTurn. A very common running concept is for a heel to mouth off and boast at a face about how he is going to kick the latter's ass, only to be quickly knocked down or sent running when the face decides they've heard enough. Even legitimately dangerous current faces such as Wrestling/{{Kane}} and Wrestling/RandyOrton had to pay their dues this way. Wrestling/ChrisJericho and Wrestling/TheMiz are key modern examples ([[NotSoHarmlessVillain even if they prove to be more than all talk on occasion]]). Wrestling/SpikeDudley and Wrestling/AJLee are more literal examples, with Spike (usually) being the heroic variant.

* Sir Andrew Aguecheek from Creator/WilliamShakespeare's ''Theatre/TwelfthNight''. According to Maria, he loves arguing so much that the only thing saving him from an early grave is the fact that he's a coward. Sir Toby gets a kick out of urging him to write a highly insulting challenge for a duel, then feeding him false information to the effect that his opponent is a skilled and ruthless swordsman. (In reality, his opponent is the local SweetPollyOliver, and Toby is intentionally setting up a WimpFight [[ItAmusedMe for his own amusement]].)

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/CaveStory'' the protagonist goes in search of Sue and finds her at the end of the Egg Corridor, where she seems to be starting a BossBattle with a huge monster. She tells the mutant beast to bring it on and boasts "even [[GeekPhysique my brother's]] never beaten me!" The monster shuffles forward and hits her once, whereupon Sue gives up and desperately apologizes.
* Dan Hibiki from ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' likes to boast about how strong he is and invites people to learn martial arts from him. While he may be a skilled fighter to a normal person, he is [[OvershadowedByAwesome very weak when compared to the rest of the cast.]]
* Sir Prancelott of Scufflewick in ''VideoGame/{{Drakensang}}'' always talks about his wondrous deeds.... except that he's the [[SmallNameBigEgo biggest egotist]] in Aventuria, his sword skills are useless, he can barely hold his own against a wolf and runs away from some goblins (later claiming that he was taking their attention away from you) and the only time he tries to take on a Linnworm (huge multi-legged reptile), he's knocked unconscious by the beast's breath.
* Von Kaiser in both of his appearances in the ''VideoGame/PunchOut'' series. He can actually back it up a little in the Title Defense mode of the Wii version, though.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}'', the Mole Crickets are [[GangOfHats an entire species]] of this, at least until their champion is defeated with ease by the protagonist.
* Naoe Kanetsugu the '''[[CatchPhrase INVINCIBLE]]''' from ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara''. He's the games' official [[TheChewToy Chew Toy]] JokeCharacter who is about as endurable as your average {{mook|s}} (and is in fact a retextured generic officer), but that doesn't stop his boasting.
* Qing China from ''VideoGame/VictoriaAnEmpireUnderTheSun''. Huge population and equally enormous armies to draw on, as well as a huge territory to conquer, but they're technologically backwards with a mostly agrarian economy, and their government is quite poor as well. So, in any actual war, an equivalently-sized industrial superpower like the United States or UsefulNotes/TheBritishEmpire will roll them rather easily. [[TruthInTelevision The Opium Wars come to mind]]. In a similar vein, the Ottoman Empire. It starts out as a Great Power, up there with France, Britain and the US, but it's highly illiterate and conservative population often refuse to move forward like the rest of Europe and [[BadassDecay eventually they become pushovers]]. They act like a Great Power from beginning to end, however, which is potentially hilarious.
* Self-proclaimed "strongest in Gensokyo" Cirno from ''VideoGame/TouhouProject'', a stage 2 boss on a good day and a stage 1 miniboss on a bad one (in a game that usually has seven stages). Not entirely a "weakling" (considering that she is a [[RedShirt fai]][[{{Mooks}} ry]]), but not hot stuff by any means either. Fans will often take this UpToEleven and make her even weaker than she is depicted in canon (others go the other way and make her a MemeticBadass).

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* [[{{Pride}} Lucifer]] in ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' is acting like the boss of the Seven Sisters Of Purgatory and often scolding them (as the eldest sister), but she is actually the weakest among them and is painfully aware of it. Leviathan outright calls her a "blusterous weakling" after [[spoiler:she loses against Kanon.]]

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/RustyAndCo'', Anti-Madeline is the Evil Side of Madeline ThePaladin, and about three inches high. Can be extremely belligerent, though incapable of fighting just about any character.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''WebVideo/DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog'', Captain Hammer is perfectly happy to beat up nonpowered folks, he's not actually that talented a fighter, continually lets his enemies escape, and once he's actually injured he [[MinorInjuryOverreaction becomes a blubbering mess.]] Well, said injury came in the form of an exploding death ray - it's just that Captain Hammer was such an InvincibleHero that he'd never actually ''felt'' pain before. He's seen in the end-credits laying on a therapist's couch crying about the physical trauma [[spoiler: blithely ignoring the death of his girlfriend]].

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* One of the reasons [[Franchise/ScoobyDoo Scrappy-Doo]] is the trope namer for TheScrappy is his habit of picking a fight with villains obviously stronger than him. One of the only justifications someone can have for this is that it ''does'' make him act more like a puppy, see RealLife below.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'': Eric Cartman talks a big game, but when it comes to actual combat, he usually can't follow through. In one notable example, one mild slap from Kyle sends him crying to his mom. Then there's the time when he got his ass thoroughly kicked by Wendy after spending the episode saying offensive remarks about breast cancer, then trying to weasel his way out when she stood up to him.
* WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck, despite being a self proclaimed "[[DirtyCoward craven little coward]]", has a tendency for flapping his big beak about his bravado and smarts and trying to place himself in the role of TheAce, usually literally getting in the face of someone way out of his league.
* Dermott in ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' talks about fighting much more often than he actually fights, but it's been demonstrated that when actually challenged, he has no hand-to-hand capabilities ''whatsoever''. Even [[TheLoad Dean]] can beat him. [[spoiler: This is a big hint that he isn't actually Brock's son.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'': When drunk, Peter Griffin boasts he can beat up Liam Neeson.
* In her very first appearance, Trixie from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' proclaims to be a great magician and lies about having defeated the giant bear called Ursa Major. Later, when she actually has to face against Ursa Major, she doesn't stand a chance. To make things even more painful for her, at the end of the episode it is revealed that [[spoiler:the bear she tried to fight wasn't even Ursa Major, but Ursa Minor, which is several times smaller and weaker]].
** Notably she's grown out of this after several occasions where it's bitten her in the butt. While still boastful and unrealistic about her actual skills, she is ''very'' quick to deny she has any talent in magic or fighting (though she still loves to antagonize those who do).

[[folder:Real Life]]
* [[MisterMuffykins Small dogs]] fit this trope. Vets call it BDLDLDL: Big Dog, Little Dog, Little Dog Lost.
* Mike Pendergast, who (along with his brothers) ran the infamous Pendergast political machine in Kansas City just after UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, was both this and a {{Fighting Irish}}man of sorts. He was so skinny that he had to wear both suspenders and a belt to hold up his pants, but he loved to antagonize the rival faction in the city, even though they were fellow Democrats. He had a habit of picking fights with large gangs of rivals and then receiving a severe beatdown, [[{{Troll}} the satisfaction of having gotten his assailants to lose their temper being good enough for him]].
* North Korea, with all the trash talking they give to the United States. They've repeatedly been caught ''photoshopping images of their military'' to look stronger and, in one case, [[http://gizmodo.com/north-korea-used-camo-paint-to-disguise-civilian-planes-1446302179 painting civilian aircraft to pass as military planes]].
* This is/was a common pattern in FlauntingYourFleets: the less industrially capable the country is, the more ambitious super-battleship it attempts to produce or order.
** One example of this logic is the ill-fated ''Rio de Janeiro'', the only dreadnought with ''[[MoreDakka seven]]'' [[MoreDakka turrets]], which was not complete by the time the [[LensmanArmsRace South American dreadnought race]] was over, was sold to the Turks, and then appropriated by the UsefulNotes/BritsWithBattleships who were building it at the outbreak of the Great War.
** Another is the infamous ''[[UsefulNotes/KatanasOfTheRisingSun Yamato]]''[[UsefulNotes/KatanasOfTheRisingSun -class]]. Yes, it was the biggest, baddest, and with [[{{BFG}} the biggest guns]]. But at the time the two ships (one more was finished as a carrier) were ready to sail against the UsefulNotes/YanksWithTanks, the latter had smaller, faster, more efficient battleships with guns [[ArmorPiercingAttack quite capable of hurting the Japanese giants]] - as well as radars linked to electromechanical computers allowing them to [[ColdSniper do so at night and from over the horizon]]; and there were several times more such Allied battleships. The fact that [[DeathFromAbove carrier aviation]] had obsoleted battleships altogether was incidental to their defeat.
*** And just to pour salt in the wound, they consumed so much fuel the Japanese couldn't even afford to send them out to fight when they might have actually made a difference.
** ''Bismarck'' is another good example: while it outmatched anything the Royal Navy had on a ship-by-ship basis, it ''[[ZergRush was confronted by the entire Royal Navy]]''. She was actually supposed to be a convoy raider, designed to outrun anything she couldn't defeat by out-ranging it; unfortunately for her crew her engines and keel were damaged in the first engagement and the British fleet cornered her almost immediately.
** And that's just the battleships that were built. Both Japan and Germany had grand plans for even more ambitious [[AwesomeButImpractical (and impractical)]] battleships that their deteriorating war situation scuppered.
** Have you ever heard of the ''[[UsefulNotes/RedsWithRockets Sovietsky Soyuz]]''-[[UsefulNotes/RedsWithRockets class battleships]]? It was supposed to be quite a bit bigger than the ''Bismarck'', with bigger guns and thicker armor, but none of the four hulls were anywhere near completion by the time of the German invasion, and they were likely to be plagued by technical problems, since the Soviet Union was rebuilding its capital ship design school from scratch while permitting extreme size creep.
* On a much more general note, the entire credo of Axis powers in [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII World War II]] was this: Germany, Italy, Japan and [[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor their ally of convenience the Soviet Union]] were unsatisfied by themselves having less power than the established colonial empires and the United States, so they started a war.
* This is a common behavior pattern with drunks, especially mean ones. Most of them couldn't fight their way out of a paper bag and are generally aware of it when sober, but once inebriated, they either forget or stop caring and will loudly attempt to start fights or just out-and-out attack people with no regard for the consequences. Given that alcohol also tends to give them {{Determinator}} tendencies and resistance to pain, it's not a good idea to fight them unless you want to potentially cause crippling or lethal injuries by accident.
* Richard Gale, a short, skinny bully who decided he was tough enough to [[BullyingADragon start punching Casey Heynes, a bigger kid,]] with impunity. Then Casey, thereafter known as ''Zangief Kid'', suplexed him into the pavement with a lack of effort bordering on laziness. Half the reason the video went viral was because of this trope (the other half goes to BullyHunter, probably).
* Iraq under UsefulNotes/SaddamHussein's rule, while he boasted of having one of the largest armies in the world, all he had was numbers, as his military was composed mostly of unwilling conscripts, and equipped with outdated weapons since the Cold War. Needless to say Iraq got easily curb stomped in the Persian Gulf War, and in the US invasion of Iraq.