Launchpad McQuack: I don't know, DW, that sounds dangerous!Things are looking bleak. The protagonist and his allies are in a corner; the villain's kung fu is stronger than theirs. Outnumbered, outgunned, the situation calls for heroism, and unfortunately for our heroes, the only people around are all comic relief, sidekicks or mentor figures who've never really stepped up to the plate, when they aren't mere Boisterous Weaklings. Hey, what are they doing? Don't they know that they're outside the Competence Zone? They're prime C-List Fodder! Hold on a moment... did he just punt that guy through a wall? A moment in the story when all the quirky, eccentric supporting cast stop being quirky and eccentric and start demonstrating why you should respect your elders. In effect, it can often be similar to taking a level in badass, except that really, when you think about it, it makes more sense. It's not so much that they 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, they may even have been actively failing to demonstrate this much-hyped power before. This was the Catch Phrase of Darkwing Duck, a bumbling hero who revealed his true competence and effectiveness from behind a pompous exterior after saying it. Sometimes preceded by Lock and Load Montage or a "Hell Yes" Moment, depending on the circumstances. Any Retired Badass can pull off this trope if sufficiently provoked. Can overlap with a "World of Cardboard" Speech, The Coats Are Off, and/or a Pre-Asskicking One-Liner. See also Giving the Sword to a Noob, The So-Called Coward, Good Is Not Dumb, Scrap Heap Hero, Not-So-Harmless Villain (the villain version), Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass, Lethal Joke Character, I Am Not Left-Handed, This Means War!, Misfit Mobilization Moment, and Badass/Heroic Bystander. When a whole civilization decides to get dangerous, this is a Superweapon Surprise.
Darkwing Duck: Yeah? Well then, let's get dangerous!
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