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->''"Direct hit! ...No effect."''
--> -- '''[[TropeNamers Worf]]''', every other episode of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''

Much like TheWorfEffect, The Worf Barrage is that attack that's supposedly [[FinishingMove all-powerful, ultra-destructive, and super-awesome]], but in reality only serves as the "that" in NoOneCouldSurviveThat, because they just ''did''.

This is the thing (usually the first attack after a monster crosses the GodzillaThreshold) that proves how [[MadeOfIron resilient]] the BigBad or MonsterOfTheWeek is. Almost always produces [[SmokeShield large amounts of smoke or debris]], allowing the hero to think the enemy was killed, before his [[BeehiveBarrier shielded silhouette]] starts to show through. [[OutOfTheInferno At least you]] ''[[OutOfTheInferno hope]]'' [[OutOfTheInferno it's shielded...]]

The trope is essentially the contrapositive of TheWorfEffect -- that trope shows how powerful a new force is by its defeating the strongest cast member, while this trope shows how powerful a new force is by a cast member failing to defeat it.
Might prompt a WhatTheHellAreYou moment. Compare with ItOnlyWorksOnce, SoLastSeason, PunchPunchPunchUhOh and NoSell. Contrast UnblockableAttack. If the attack wouldn't do anything to ''anybody'', it's more likely to be a FakeSpecialAttack (whereas the WorfBarrage actually would be very powerful if not for some impressive ability of the target to resist damage). Often followed by a retaliatory NoHoldsBarredBeatdown, CurbStompBattle, MegatonPunch, or a FingerPokeOfDoom, [[SlidingScaleOfSillinessVersusSeriousness depending on the setting]]. TanksForNothing is when military firepower is used to invoke this trope. If this trope happens with an ImmortalBreaker, you have a ''serious'' problem.

!!Now, bring out all the examples! [[AllOfThem ALL OF THEM]]!


[[folder: Anime and Manga]]
* The Satellite Orbital Weapon in ''Manga/{{Akira}}'', while working pretty well on any non-psychics, becomes this when used on Tetsuo. It destroys his arm on its first hit, but succeeds only at making him angry thereafter. In the manga, ''keeping'' it from being fired again and pissing him off further is a bit of a plot point and [[spoiler:eventually it does manages to piss him off enough that he goes and knocks it out of the sky before going OneWingedAngel again.]]
* ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'': The heroes in ''Frontier'' use a combined attack to try to take out Duskmon. It doesn't even scratch him. Later, they attack [[spoiler:[[OneWingedAngel Lucemon Satan Mode]]]] with several different attacks, but it fails for [[HealingFactor a different reason]].
* ''Franchise/{{Naruto}}'':
** [[PlayingWithFire Fire Style]], up to and including [[HellFire Amaterasu]] and its derivates, was the only basic nature that didn't get at least one win across the whole manga. Every time those techniques are used on summons, clones, weapons, etc, they burn them to ash. When they are used against actual people, they ''always'' fail, sometimes [[ConvectionSchmonvection hilariously]]. The only time anyone was ever seriously hurt by fire was when the Raikage did it to himself to attack Sasuke and [[OnlyAFleshWound that didn't slow him down that much anyway]].
** Sasuke has consistently failed to kill ''anyone'' outright with the Chidori, a move that is said to be a one hit kill assassination technique. Kakashi, the inventor of the technique who taught it to Sasuke, only killed two people with it during the main story and that was because one jumped in front of him and the other was already on the ground, defeated. Against redshirts, however, the Chidori averts this.
* ''Manga/InuYasha'':
** The Wind Scar. It has no trouble defeating lesser demons, but if you want to show how awesome the MonsterOfTheWeek is, that's the attack of choice to have it shrug off. It especially fulfilled this trope once it [[SoLastSeason got a stronger counterpart]]. It really started to look weak when Inuyasha actually got the ability to use it whenever he wanted. Since this would make things too easy, it proves useless against Naraku.
** Later, he gains an extra strong cutting attack, which works for a while but then Naraku and a flunky of his can block along with this rarely used move called the Backlash Wave (which was stronger then Wind Scar, but didn't get nearly as much use because involved throwing a villain's energy attack back at them).
** Later he gets the ability fire out diamonds, which proves useless against Moryumaru, along with everybody else' attacks.
** The only moves he got that never got useless was the dragon-scaled Tessaiga and [[PowerOfTheVoid Meido Zangetsuha]], but the last one doesn't count since it was only showcased at the climax of of the series.
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'' has a terrorist cell try to shoot down the [[AirborneAircraftCarrier Avalon]] with [=SAM=]s. At first, this trope appears to have been averted, when the Avalon re-appears on the radar thanks to its Blaze Luminous energy shields.
* ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'': This is Alucard's primary battle strategy in reverse. He goads the enemy into unleashing MoreDakka, then complains about how none of his enemies ever seem to survive the same. He begs them to survive his attacks.
* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'':
** The Genki Dama, or [[CombinedEnergyAttack Spirit Bomb]]. Supposedly an all-powerful, last minute countermeasure, it only works correctly ''once'' in the entire series. Goku also has the Kaioken attack, which, while effective for all of ten minutes in the battle against Vegeta, made no impact to any of his later battles, either being totally ineffectual in closing a power gap or countered with an equally powerful countermeasure.
*** To be incredibly fair of the Genki Dama, its failures are less because it worked correctly, but because of other factors - the one for Vegeta failed because Goku had lost most of that energy and the one for Frieza failed because Frieza was still insanely powerful. And let's not get into Jiren, Mr. "So-Strong-He-Turns-The-Genki-Dama-Into-A-Friggin'-Singularity". It works out a lot better in the movies and ''GT''.
** The BeamSpam employed at least once per battle. Naturally, this never did anything more than [[SmokeShield create a lot of dust]]. Also, everything done in battle by literally ''everyone'' that isn't Goku qualifies, the exception being Gohan's [[DayInTheLimelight showdown with Cell.]] Krillin's [[DiagonalCut Destructo Disk]], Vegeta's [[WaveMotionGun Final Flash]], Piccolo's [[BeamSpam Hellzone Grenade]] and Tien's [[CastFromHitPoints Neo Tri-Beam]] ''never'' accomplish anything but collateral damage and maybe slowing the villain down a bit.
*** The BeamSpam technique worked approximately ''ONCE'': when Vegeta used a version of it to interrupt the regeneration of (and fully destroy) Metal Cooler in the sixth DBZ movie after he and Goku had shredded his body with a united punch. Unfortunately, it turned out that was just an avatar of Cooler (who promptly spawned several hundred more), so technically the move went right back to never working.
*** And to Vegeta's credit, Cell actually says that if he hadn't sidestepped at the last second so the Final Flash didn't hit him head-on, it would've killed him.
*** Judging by how often Krillin's Destructo Disk evokes a last-minute OhCrap response from his targets, it likely wouldn't fall victim to TheWorfBarrage if it weren't for the fact that he has such a hard time actually ''hitting'' them with it.
** The OnceASeason scene of the entire military mobilizing into one big army, trying to take down the current villain by pelting them full of missiles, gunfire and explosions... which usually lasts for a few minutes full of continuous attack, and after the smoke clears amounts to nothing. After which the villain kills them all in a single stroke. This occurred against the Saiyans and Cell, and happened several times to Majin Buu.
** What happens a few times with the Kamehameha. The most clear example is what happened in the '[[CurbStompBattle fight]]' when Cooler ascends to a higher form and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G8HloiBnagMjust flies through it]].
** Vegeta calls out Trunks for trying to Worf Barrage the androids (and nearly killing the rest of the Z Warriors due to their close proximity to his attack). Trunks even quotes the common response of those launching a Worf Barrage.
---> '''Vegeta:''' Bad Move! Why'd you go and do that for?\\
'''Trunks:''' What's wrong?\\
'''Vegeta:''' Well, look, down there.\\
'''Trunks:''' I don't understand; there's no way anyone could survive that! That was my most intense blast!\\
'''Vegeta:''' Looks like you spoke too soon. Now that's too bad; by doing that, you just showed them how weak you are!
* Occurs a couple of times in the ''Anime/DragonBall'', the original series. It first occurs in the 22nd Tournament where Tien simply shouts a Kiai to deflect Goku's Kamehameha. The second is in the 23rd Tournament from Cyborg Tao's perspective, where Tien uses the same technique to deflect Tao's Super Dodon-pa.
* ''Dragon Ball GT'':
** The Universal Spirit Bomb just did what it supposed to do, blowing up Omega Shenron without much of a struggle. Both instances of the attack actually working, were on creatures actually MadeOfEvil, and since it was supposedly created for destroying evil, it might just be kind of... [[AttackItsWeakPoint literal]].
** Vegeta decides to debut his brand new finishing move, the Final Shine. Unfortunately, he tried it against Super 17, who can absorb energy.
* ''Anime/SailorMoon'':
** Sailor Moon was initially shocked that her Moon Tiara Action didn't work against Jadeite. This was plausible. However, when the ''Mystical Silver Crystal'' keeps deciding that it's not going to be all-powerful today for the next four seasons, one would think that she would have another back-up plan ready. Then again, she is TheDitz.
** In ''Sailor Stars'', Sailor Moon is shocked that her Silver Moon Crystal Power fails to do anything to Galaxia. Later, she utters "Silver Moon Crystal Power!" which seems to affect Galaxia before being broken.
* The supposedly almighty Dragon Slave spell in ''{{LightNovel/Slayers}}'' often works like this, often being used only to show that the new villain is just badass enough to withstand it.
** The novels make it clearer when they explain that while the Dragon Slave is powerful enough to ''hurt'' anything short of Ruby-Eye, it is not necessarily powerful enough to ''kill'' anything ''in one shot''. Since humans are squishier than Mazoku, Lina and Co are less likely to be able to withstand the return blow of anything that can survive a single Dragon Slave.
** The Ra Tilt spell seems to fall into this same problem. The Ra Tilt is the most powerful spell in Shamanistic magic and is supposed to be comparable to the Dragon Slave but on a single-target basis. However, especially during ''Anime/{{Slayers}} NEXT'', any number of powerful monsters and villains shrug off Ra Tilts like they're nothing, to the point where the viewer starts to question if the Ra Tilt is really all that powerful.
*** This suspicion is essentially confirmed in ''Anime/{{Slayers}} REVOLUTION'' where the Ra Tilt seems to have been reduced in difficulty of casting and potency to the level of the many other perpetually ineffective spells the cast tossed around before Lina decides to get serious [[spoiler:and then fail anyway]].
* Inverted in ''Anime/MaiHime'', when a ''hero'' proved amazingly resistant to a villain's power. Mai's Child, Kagutsuchi, took a full blast of orbital bombardment from Artemis and survived, combining this with a subversion of HeroicSacrifice. The blast was previously seen destroying a bridge, and was supposed to eliminate the entirety of Fuka Academy at once. There is a [[EpilepticTrees fan theory]], however, that both it and Mai did ''not'' survive, and the PowersThatBe (both good and evil) were stacking the deck in her favor and resurrected both of them. Given the ending, this is plausible.
** Her power is fire. Fire. Phoenix. Do we really have to spell it out? Look closely at the scene; Mai gets reconstituted from a floating disc of flame, after apparently recreating Kagutsuchi in an upgraded form.
* In ''Manga/SaintSeiya'', the signature moves of the saints usually won't prove effective against the powerful monster of the week. It's justified for Seiya in particular. His Pegasus Ryuusei Ken isn't so much a powerful blow as throwing more punches in an instant, so any enemy tough enough to NoSell the first has a head start on [[PunchPunchPunchUhOh withstanding them all]]... and many Saints have enough SuperSpeed to [[OhCrap dodge or block the whole barrage]]. The move [[FridgeLogic could almost have been designed for this trope]], in case RuleOfDrama wasn't enough.
* In ''Manga/ACertainScientificRailgun'', after Misaka tries every technique she can to no avail, she launches her signature railgun which at this point has been shown to be able to destroy most anything. It flies harmlessly off Accelerator. Accelerator himself is at first unaware that was her strongest move.
* ''Anime/MaiOtomeZwei'':
** Neither Mai's ultra-cool attack capable of destroying hundreds of Slaves at once (prominently shown in the opening credits since episode 16 of the original show) nor Arika's "Bolt from the Blue" work on the very first monster that threatens them -- and the other Otome monitoring the event just give up. If even ''that'' failed, what chance do the rest of them have? Obviously, the SortingAlgorithmOfEvil has come to play, but it's not a SoLastSeason moment because neither of them receives a power-up -- instead, they win by combining their attacks.
** In the last episode, Arika and [[spoiler:Nina]] have to combine their attacks to take down the main villain within the window in which its HealingFactor is disabled.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** Uryuu's "Lichtregen" tends to be used to show how powerful an enemy is, so often isn't as effective as a rain of 1200 arrows hitting a single target really should be. [[spoiler: Lampshaded in the final arc, when Ichigo tells Quilge his arrows are stronger than Uryuu's. Quilge declares that's impossible. He refuses to explain why, stating he's not allowed to reveal secrets. However, he does comment that he needs to report Ichigo's information Yhwach as soon as possible.]]
** Ichigo performed a level of hyperspeed combat against Byakuya that he has never again used. Against Byakuya, the speed and strength of his attacks were so great his own bones were shattering from the stress of trying to handle his own power. He's never had the bone-shattering problem since, but his fighting level doesn't peak like that either.
** A very rare inversion occurs during the Masked de Luchadore/Renji fight which very deliberately turns the concept of hero and villain on its head. Masked believes he's the hero of the tale so Renji makes a choice to play the villain's part. As a result, when Masked - who had already curbstomped three bankai-capable lieutenant level shinigami and two bankai-wielding captains - unleashes his power on Renji, it doesn't even slow Renji down, effectively demonstrating Renji's new level of power.
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'':
** When the military uses its "colossally powerful" N2 mines/bombs on the Angels, they (at very, very best) succeed in inflicting 30% to critical damage, giving the resident HumongousMecha an opportunity to display their capacity for badassness. Also, in the second episode, the MonsterOfTheWeek utilises a last-ditch suicide explosion, taking a large chuck of the city and (after the SmokeShield clears) lightly damaging the armor of the HumongousMecha.
** When Shinji opens fire on Shamshel (with an assault rifle in the series and a ''[[GatlingGood chaingun]]'' in Rebuild) and fails to scratch 'er. Or when, in Rebuild, Ramiel takes a direct hit from a gun powered by the entire power grid of Japan, bleeds profusely, then turns around and ''burns through a mountain'' to get at Shinji. Or when...
** Pretty much every time Asuka sorties Unit 02 against an Angel without immediate support (except her debut), especially in "Both of You, Dance Like You Want To Win".
* The super-awesome fleet-destroying gravity-based WaveMotionGun in ''Anime/MartianSuccessorNadesico'' pretty much stops working on anything worthwhile around episode 6, apparently just to increase dramatic tension. They eventually get a new one, but ethical considerations (and an instance of sabotage) prevent them from using it on anything more than swarms of robots. If the enemies send out manned vehicles, it's time to send out the HumongousMecha
* The various {{Beam Spam}}s and {{Macross Missile Massacre}}s in ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann''. This has more to do with Attenborough's tendency to outright ''miss'' than any lack of power, though.
** Point-blank is his specialty. He actually managed to finish off [[spoiler:Adiane]] that way.
*** Point-blank is still his specialty when "point-blank" is measured in thousands of lightyears. Never mind, though; they eventually resort to using probability manipulation so his missing becomes literally impossible.
** Happens in ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' ''all the time'', almost to the point of making this trope [[DiscreditedTrope discredited]] all by itself. Seriously, you guys saw Simon not only survive devastating attacks, but also lay down serious ass-beatings in return, so you'd think that his teammates would show a little more faith in his durability.
** In the first movie this happens when Guame, Adiane, and Viral [[spoiler:combine their mecha to form the Perfect Fortress Do-Ten-Kai-Zan, launching a barrage on the hero team of seemingly nuclear proportions, to no effect.]]
** Whenever Viral attacks with a set of katana in his Enki ([[spoiler: or in the titular Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann]]), they ''will'' be broken within 30 seconds. No exceptions.
** Giga Drill Breaker, Simon's FinishingMove, only works a handful of the numerous times it's used. After its initial introduction, it's only ever used to either dispatch enemies offscreen or as a means to show that a villain is so powerful that they can withstand it.
* ''Manga/FairyTail'' has the Aetherion cannon, which [[spoiler:is actually used to help the villain's plans, as it powers the magic used to revive a dark god thanks to the tower it was fired at being designed to ''absorb'' magical energy. In fact, the villain's entire plan hedged on the Aetherion cannon being fired at him, since it was the fastest way he could collect the necessary magic energy.]]
** More to the point, even though the Aetherion cannon is portrayed as being their world's version of a nuclear weapon, the main character [[spoiler:literally eats some crystals containing some of the weapon's magical energy, with minimal after-effects.]]
** In the next arc, when Natsu and Gajeel team up and use their biggest attacks (ending with Fire/Iron Dragon Roars from both of them), [[spoiler:Laxus]] shrugs off the attacks, which ended an arc two arcs ago, and uses his own Dragon Roar, which blows them both away.
*** A notable aversion for a Shonen is Natsu's Guren Bakuenjin (Crimson-Lotus Exploding Blade), which he always saves as his FinishingMove for whatever BigBad he fights and it never fails. The only times it was proven ineffective was against Gildartz, which is justified because it's [[CrazyAwesome Gildartz]], and against Master Zero, who countered it with his own ultimate FinishingMove. That just prompted Natsu to use ''another'' FinishingMove to pull out the win.
** Justified with Abyss Break, which is implied to be strong enough destroy a whole town [[spoiler:or an entire massive tower]], but was interrupted twice before it could be activated.
** Before the Aetherion cannon was introduced, there was the Magical Convergent Cannon, or the Jupiter Cannon. [[spoiler: Erza Scarlett, although it broke through her strongest armor, BLOCKED the shot completely. It was suppose to be powerful enough to annihilate everything in its path. Then again, she IS called Fairy Queen Titania by others for a reason.]]
* Inverted in ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'', where Nanoha effortlessly shrugs off one of her enemies huge attacks at least once per season, with accompanying SmokeShield or OutOfTheInferno effect. Two straight usages can be found in the second season though, where a MysteriousProtector and an ImplacableMan each take one of Nanoha's newly introduced [[WaveMotionGun Busters]] and appear out of the SmokeShield without any visible damage.
** Dieci's cannon shots are another example, as they're supposedly S-rank in power, but Nanoha blocks one while protecting the helicopter and shoots through another to defeat Dieci. It's also implied that [[spoiler:Vivio]] could survive a hit without any effort at all.
*** And Nanoha was under a PowerLimiter the first time.
* A textbook example occurs in the second last episode of ''Anime/ZoidsNewCentury''. The Berserk Fury [[SmokeShield survives]] a Worf Barrage from not just one but three [[WaveMotionGun charged particle cannons]] ''simultaneously'' with its [[BeehiveBarrier E-shield]], and then proceeds to effortlessly blow away the three [[SoLastSeason Geno Saurers]] responsibe with a [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome charged particle beam of its own]].
* In episode 42 of ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth'', Autozam's battleship ''NSX'' attempts to drive off [[{{Wutai}} Fahren's]] [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever Giant Sang-Yung illusion]] through the use of {{Macross Missile Massacre}}s, BeamSpam, MoreDakka, and the ship's [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill two]] [[WaveMotionGun Laguna cannons]]. Unfortunately for the ''NSX'', the assault fell squarely into this trope.
* ''Anime/TheBigO's'' title mecha has an ultimate beam cannon mode that was used against Big Fau. After the dust settles, Big Fau is still standing with only a piece of his gut missing. With the cannon's one shot depleted, Big O is in for a world of hurt until [[spoiler:DeusExMachina Big Venus shows up to reboot the universe.]]
* In ''[[Manga/RanmaOneHalf Ranma 1/2]]'', Ranma goes to great trouble to get [[PersonOfMassDestruction Prince Herb]] angry enough so she can use the "[[FinishingMove ultimate technique]]" Hiryu Shoten Ha. She succeeds... but Herb had [[ItOnlyWorksOnce already seen that technique in the past]] and descends with a gigantic counterattack of his own, completely unscathed. The look of sheer disbelief and incomprehension on Ranma's face when she sees Herb come down says it all. But Ranma uses a variation of the move to eventually defeat Herb, and in later arcs he still can use it to some success (it helps that the series tends to emphasize the ''comedy'' part of action-comedy, so most antagonists don't need to be tougher and scarier than the last guy, just [[RuleOfFunny funny]]).
* Setsuna's Artifact in ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima''. To sum things up for those not in the know, Artifacts in ''Negima'' are items of great power given to a mage's partner, and seeing one get pulled out is always a cause of alarm for everyone. Now, let's analyze the times Setsuna's artifact, [[FlechetteStorm a set of flying knives]], was used in battle. She attempted to use it to trap the Mahora Festival StoryArc BigBad... and failed since the BigBad could teleport. She used them to block the attacks of a senior Shinmeiryuu Swordswoman... whereupon they shattered. She used them to attack Fate... and failed to do any damage. [[spoiler:[[AllYourPowersCombined Negi]]]] used them to threaten Jack Rakan... who simply grabbed them with his teeth and spat them away to the side. Hopefully, she'll have better luck [[spoiler:with the new artifact she got from her second Pactio Partner, Konoka]] in Chapter 252.
* Hiei's Dragon of the Darkness Flame in ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' is supposed to incinerate anything caught in its path, but after its first use, it becomes ineffective against anyone stronger than a Mook.
* Are you a goalkeeper in ''Manga/CaptainTsubasa''? And was your name revealed to the audience? You'll suffer this ''constantly'', honey, you're done. One exception is [[TheAce Wakabayashi Genzo]], who inverts the role by catching everything thrown by top players of the previous arc during the test match between Japan Youth Jr. and Hamburger SV.
* ''Anime/YesPrettyCure5'' made a point early on of establishing [[PlayingWithFire Cure Rouge]] and [[MakingASplash Cure Aqua]] as being a ''particularly'' tough duo. The reason for this seems to have been to allow the writers to easily create OhCrap moments by showing Rouge Fire ([[MidSeasonUpgrade or Rouge Burning]] [[SoLastSeason or Fire Strike]]), Aqua Stream (or Aqua Tornado or Sapphire Arrow), or [[AllYourColorsCombined the combination thereof]] failing to do anything to the enemy.
* The Worf Barrage of the ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' universe would have to be Aoshi's ''Kaiten Kenbu Rokuren''. Supposedly the [[LimitBreak Ougi]] of his fighting style, and practically unblockable, it only connects with three things in the series: [[spoiler: Okina, ''a bookshelf, and a tree''. Kenshin counters it, Shishio counters it, ''Wu Heishin's EliteMook'', of all people, counters it, and Okina... well, I got nothing.]] Kenshin's own ''Kuzu Ryu Sen'' may count as well, since nearly all his opponents are either fast enough to dodge or block it (Both of which are supposed to be nearly impossible) or tough enough to NoSell it.
** Sanosuke's equivalent is the Futae no Kiwami, which is powerful enough to blow apart a jail cell door and is supposed to be an ultimate fight-ending technique that shatters the bones of anyone it is used on. The ''very first fight'' in which he uses it, both he and his opponent shrug off dozens of them[[note]]His opponent created the technique, so he knows tricks to negate it...and Sanosuke figures out one of those tricks himself in the middle of the battle. All of these tricks explicitly require using one Futae no Kiwami (or some derived move) to negate another one.[[/note]]. Every other opponent he attempts it on is either fast enough to dodge it or so [[MadeOfIron crazy resilient]] that he ''breaks his hand'' without inflicting the tiniest bit of damage.
* ''Manga/OnePiece''. Despite being the fandom's favorite attack, Luffy's [[RapidFireFisticuffs Gomu Gomu no Gattling]] seems to mainly be good for dispatching mooks. When used on a main villain, they'll either shrug it off, negate it through Logia abilities, or dodge it and remark how Luffy "didn't grow any extra arms". It's even been blocked by [[spoiler: Usopp]]. Even variants of the technique such as Storm and Jet Gattling start to become degraded.
** Zoro's Shishi Sonson, a technique supposedly capable of cutting steel that enables him to defeat Mr. 1 in one hit, fails to make any impact on Kuma, [[spoiler:presumably because he is a Cyborg made of metal even stronger than steel]]. This trope is lampshaded in the battle with Mihawk, as Johnny and Yosaku note that Mihawk is the first one to block Zoro's sword techniques, and with a knife at that.
** One of [[AGodamI Eneru]]'s strongest attacks, MAX 200,000,000 Volt Vari, capable of reducing any living being to a smoldering crisp, is used against Luffy. Because of his [[RubberMan Gomu Gomu no Mi]] abilities, ''[[NoSell he doesn't even feel the attack]]''.
** Following the TimeSkip, both [[CoDragons Vergo and Pica]] of the Don Quixote Pirates coat their entire bodies in [[KiAttacks Haki]] so they can crush their opponents. Instead, they both get taken down in one shot.
** Full powered King Punch supposedly can annihilate entire fortress in one blow, but didn't make even a scratch on [[BarrierWarrior Bartolomeo's]] barrier.
** Conqueror's Haki is supposed to be the rarest Haki that appears one-in-a-million. Despite supposedly indicating qualities of a king it's main purpose to knock out numerous mooks. While still relatively impressive, most major characters have strong enough willpower to shrug it off. [[spoiler: Except Big Mom's. Her Haki is so strong that whenever she releases it, her Three Sweet Commanders[[note]] her three strongest children [[/note]], as well as some of the powerful people in the room, fainted at the full uncontrollable blast. Her Haki also acts as a deflector, successfully blocking Bege's poison darts (and nearly taking out the damn team itself).]]
* In the first of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'''s {{Wham Episode}}s, [[spoiler:Mami unloads her FinishingMove, the Tiro Finale, upon Charlotte, the witch she is fighting. The only thing it ends up doing is making Charlotte go OneWingedAngel before eating her alive in one of the anime's most horrifying scenes]].
** In the first of the final two episodes, [[spoiler:Homura brings a truly epic level of firepower to bear in the final battle against Walpurgis Night -- [[MoreDakka dozens of AT-4 and RPG-7 rocket launchers, a battery of L-16 mortars, a battery of Type 88 Surface to Ship Missiles, lots and lots of land mines]], [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome an exploding semi-truck, and even a Goddamn BATTLESHIP]]. But in spite of all of Homura's furious effort, nothing in her extensive arsenal is successful in doing a thing to the massively powerful witch, and it turns out that magic is the only thing that will stop her]].
* Played for laughes in ''Manga/OutlawStar''. Occasionally Gene would use various increasingly powerful weapons, culminating in Gene whipping out a ''bazooka''. Of course, the blast doesn't work, leaving Gene (and sometimes Jim), with their [[JawDrop jaws dropped]].
* ''Anime/UchuuSenkanYamato'' has the Argo run into this problem a couple of times. The Comet Empire citadel is able to stand up to an entire fleet of ships with planet busting super weapons, forcing the Star Force to be more clever.
** The same Comet Empire citadel, once its invulnerability shield is neutralized, is blasted into fiery destruction by the Argo. Queue celebration by the crew who think they've defeated the enemy at last. Until.. [[spoiler:from out of the wreckage it's revealed that the comet was a shell around a supermassive, ultrapowerful ship.]]
* Following ''Manga/CaptainTsubasa'', ''VideoGame/InazumaEleven'' is even moreso at using this trope, especially the third season, where special shots and blocks rarely work past 4-5 times without geting evolved or replaced with another and more destructive skill.
* Franchise/PrettyCure:
** ''Anime/SmilePrettyCure'' was actually quite infamous with its use of the Worf Barrage, as the second their old attacks don't work, they immediately get new ones to compensate that.
** Combining TheWorfEffect with the Worf Barrage, we got ''Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure'''s first meeting between Cure Blossom and Marine with the Dark Precure. At the time, the two's ultimate attack was the Floral Power Fortissimo, which was a tag team attack. When the Dark Precure showed up and the girls haul it out, not only does she reveal that she can do it, too, she can do it solo, can counter the girls' and during their BeamTugOfWar, she brings out a new attack to put them on their backsides.
* ''Manga/SoulEater'' has Maka's Witch Hunter. Despite being known as the legendary technique of the scythe meister, she doesn't manage to defeat a single enemy with it.
* ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' has done this many times.
** Early episodes where we see weaker mooks like [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam Zakus]] or [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Leos]] attack the brand-spanking new Gundam, only for their machine gun fire to bounce harmlessly off its body.
** At the end of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'', the battleships ''Eternal'' and ''Kusanagi'' race in to attempt to destroy the superweapon GENESIS. They fire all of their weapons, even the powerful [[WaveMotionGun Lohengrin cannon]]... only to find out it does squat: it has so much power allocated to the Phase Shift armor, it can effectively tank it. Phase Shift armor normally doesn't even work against beam weapons, but when it's thick enough and fed enough power, it does. GENESIS is gigantic even by Gundam superweapon standards, and has a near-limitless power supply.
*** Shinn's favored technique of charging dead on with his anti ship sword, while initially extremely effective against Kira the first time, Athrun the first time and the many Destroy Gundams, fails in Shinn's rematches against both Kira (he blade catches it and disarms him) and Athrun (he counter charges and cuts the sword in half).
** In Shiro's battle against Norris Packard in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamThe08thMSTeam'', he at one point opens fire with [[AlphaStrike every single weapon on his Gundam at once]]... which completely miss Packard, who dodges it all by standing still. Firing that many automatic weapons at once, especially while moving at the speed he was, means accuracy essentially doesn't exist.
-->'''Packard''': Well, that ''looked'' impressive...
* ''Franchise/YuGiOh'' has Seto Kaiba's Deck Destruction Virus of Death/Crush Card Virus, an incredibly strong card (for point of reference, [[DeFictionalization the real-life version of the card]], despite being [[{{Nerf}} severely weakened]], is one of the few to be outright errataed specifically to weaken it further). Its effect (when a weak Dark monster is destroyed, your opponent loses all cards from their hand, field, and Deck with more than 1500 ATK and can't Summon them back) should be enough to win him any Duel... but with depressing regularity, that isn't what happens. He's attempted to use it seven times, but Amelda, Noah, Daimon, and Pegasus were able to destroy or negate it before he could use it (Pegasus even managed to take it for himself), Ishizu countered it by using Exchange of the Spirit to put her Monsters back in her Deck, and Yugi and Jounouchi were able to play around the handicap and both nearly won (Yugi would have, but Kaiba cheated). This means that, out of seven attempted uses, only one of them was a case where activating Crush Card Virus assisted Kaiba in winning a Duel (two, if you count fusing it with Critias).
** Jounouchi's Flame Swordsman, which he acknowledges as his favorite card, has an uncanny tendency to get destroyed. Despite using it throughout Duelist Kingdom, there's only two Duels in the series where Flame Swordsman makes it all the way to the last turn, and both of them were in a filler arc. Most of the time, it goes down within a few turns, typically due to opponents exploiting ElementalRockPaperScissors. His Time Wizard, similarly, backfires or gets nullified no less than four times, usually to show off how the opponent can effortlessly stop it. Fortunately for Jounouchi, the Red-Eyes Black Dragon has a much better batting average.
** Yugi has Chimera, the Flying Mythical Beast, which he usually plays early and which seems borderline incapable of getting a hit in or surviving the next turn. Usually, it either makes one attack that does minimal damage and then gets killed, or it gets locked down mid-battle and does nothing for the rest of the duel. It's particularly obvious, given its frightening design and easy summon condition, why this is the case - it's just strong enough to be somewhat impressive, and weak enough that any moderately powerful card can take it out easily.
* ''Manga/OnePunchMan'': Lord Boros shows two of these during his fight with Saitama: His Meteoric Burst and his Collapsing Star Roaring Cannon. The Meteoric Burst is a [[SuperEmpowering Self-Empowering]] DangerousForbiddenTechnique much like Goku's Kaioken, while the [[{{KamehameHadoken}} Collapsing Star Roaring Cannon]] is a planet-busting beam fired while in the previous form. Of course, this being [[ComicallyInvincibleHero Saitama]], neither manages to do any harm to him (even when he uses the power of the Meteoric Burst to knock Saitama to '''the moon'''), and in fact he splits the CSRC with a [[CallingYourAttack "Serious Series" Punch]], which Boros claims wasn't even a fraction of his true strength.
** Saitama was on the other end of this against Boros the first time he hit him, as Boros was the first opponent he'd fought that could keep going after one punch. Downplayed, since each attack still did considerable damage to him, just not enough to finish him off.
** Earlier in the series Genos (who most often subjected to WorfEffect), after launching unsuccessfull attack at Ashura Rhino, tries to blast him with enormous beam of fire. In response, Asura just [[CherryTapping exhales]], blowing the fire back.
* In part 3 of Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure, Kakyoin's "Emerald Splash" attack takes this role. It is supposedly an extremely powerful attack, but Kakyoin never manages to use it to simply succesfully attack an opponent. In his fight against Jotaro, Star Platinum is strong enough to block it with his arms. Tower of Gray is fast enough to dodge it (although Kakyoin does use this to bait his opponent into a trap). And DIO can [[spoiler:stop time to dodge the attack before killing Kakyoin]]. There are only two times where the attack successfully hits its target, and neither of them are an enemy: one is when he fires it at his friend Polnareff to knock him out of the way of an enemy's attack, and the other is when [[spoiler:he shoots a clock tower as a DyingClue which allows his allies to deduce that DIO's power is to stop time]].

* ''ComicBook/TheDeathOfSuperman'':
** At one point the entire Justice League hits Doomsday with their combined powers (Comicbook/{{Superman}} with his heat vision, ComicBook/BoosterGold with his hand blasts, Fire with her flame, Bloodwynd with his eye-beam, Guy Gardner with his yellow power ring, etc.), and when they're all finally drained and stop and the smoke clears, we see that the total amount of damage Doomsday endured was distributed entirely throughout his restrictive suit, which was now unrestricting him. He hadn't even been knocked down.
** {{ComicBook/Darkseid}} blasted Doomsday with a "full power" Omega beam. It knocked him back and caused a mountain to fall on him. Doomsday simply pushed it off of him, stood up, and KO'd Darkseid with a single punch.
* Blackbolt from ComicBook/TheInhumans has two [[FinishingMove special moves]]. The first is [[MakeMeWannaShout his voice]] which is normally treated with a great deal of respect which has allowed him take down foes like the [[ComicBook/IncredibleHulk Hulk]] and even killed an alternate reality version of ComicBook/{{Apocalypse}}. His second is the Master Blow, which consists of all of his energy channeled into a single punch. For some reason, this Master Blow seems about as powerful as his normal punches (he has SuperStrength), which makes it redundant. On top of that, it leaves him drained and weak. This is probably why most writers ignore that particular ability.
* The Saint of Killers from ''ComicBook/{{Preacher}}'' shrugs off pretty much everything without even flinching, up to and including [[spoiler:a nuclear warhead]].
* In the classic ComicBook/SpiderMan story ''Nothing Stops The Juggernaut'', Spidey tries increasingly destructive methods to stagger the unstoppable X-men foe, culminating with blowing up a tanker truck of gasoline. Juggernaut is unharmed, and now [[InfernalRetaliation on fire.]]

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* In ''Ultraman Moedari'', in the plain of the [[spoiler:combined magniverses]], Lunaram kicks [[spoiler:Moedari]] with '''an entire moon'', causing a nuclear plasma ball of fire which destroys everything for a gigantic distance at molecular level. [[spoiler: His connection to Jake]] causes him to get up [[spoiler:more powerful]].
* In ''[[FanFic/SovereignGFCOrigins Origins]]'', a ''MassEffect''[=/=]''StarWars''[[spoiler:[=/=]''[=Borderlands=]''[=/=]''[=Halo=]'']] MassiveMultiplayerCrossover, Jack, [[OneManArmy immensely powerful]] in her [[VideoGame/MassEffect2 introduction]], lets loose a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown on someone attempting to [[MamaBear kidnap her students]]. It [[NoSell doesn't work]], turning her attack into this trope.
* In a rare heroic example, in ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone: The Soft World'' Oricum the wizard hits NighInvulnerable Paul twice in rapid succession with enormous bolts of lightning, scorching the ground and creating a small glassy crater... and, after his eyes adjust from the flash, he discovers that all he succeeded in doing is [[LightningCanDoAnything intoxicating Paul and giving him an orgasm (and, later, triggering in him the ability to see magic and power).]]
* Happens to [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Lancer]], [[RunningGag of course]], in ''Fanfic/FateGenesis'' when he gets so pissed fighting Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog that he uses [[OneHitKill Gae Bolg]] on him, only for him, Saber and Rin to stare flabbergasted as instead of a hedgehog shish-kebab, [[RingOfPower Sonic's Power Rings save him]] and they get scattered like he hit [[SpikesOfDoom the usually one-hit-kill spikes]] from his series. Notably, Sonic still feels the ''pain'' of being hit, which clues Lancer in that [[AttackAttackAttack repeated uses]] will probably do the job, but Sonic yanks Gae Bolg out of his hands to stop the second try, and their later confrontations have Sonic doing everything he can to keep Lancer from trying that strategy out.

* ''TheBridgeAtRemagen'' opens with the Germans destroying the Rhine River bridge at Oberkassel. Later in the film, explosive charges on the titular bridge, at Remagen, are similarly fired. [[spoiler: The bridge is damaged but fails to collapse.]]
* In ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'' Ronan is completely unfazed by the Hadron Enforcer (a badass energy missile which can "destroy moons", or at the very least, a spaceship). He completely absorbs the attack despite a direct hit to the chest.
* ''Film/IndependenceDay'' uses this trope when they decide to deploy a [[NuclearOption nuclear missile]] on one of the invading ships. It levels the city in the process and produces a huge amount of smoke, leading to the war room celebrating victory for a short period of time before enough smoke clears to reveal the ship is still there.
** Also happens in its cinematic ancestor, the George Pal ''Film/TheWarOfTheWorlds''. Late in the movie, the USAF drops an atom bomb on the invaders (from a [[RuleOfCool B-49 Flying Wing]]!), but they turn out to be protected by a ForceField.
** In 2005's ''Film/WarOfTheWorlds'', when the character of Creator/TomCruise and his two kids are walking along several hundred other refugees, they stumble into a battle ranging between the U.S. Military and a couple of tripods. A commander is seen telling his subordinate that despite everything they are doing has no effect, they have to keep firing to give the refugees time to get to safety. Shortly, we see a soldier firing an [=RPG=], and then a squadron of Apache attack helicopter unleash their missiles. When the commander gives the order to march forward, numerous giant fireballs light up the night sky as dozens of [[TanksForNothing Tanks, AFVs']] and other vehicles are incinerated by the tripods' [[WaveMotionGun ray blasters.]] The scene the pans out to reveal a fighter plane launching another missile, and exploding harmlessly on a tripod's [[ForceField protective shield.]]
*** Earlier in the movie, when Tom Cruise's character finds a TV reporter rummaging through a crashed air-liner, she mentions that she and her production crew were barely able to escape after a National Guard unit tried to flank a tripod, but were instead vaporized.
%%* The end of ''Film/{{Cloverfield}}''.
* ''Film/MarsAttacks'' has the desperate US military launching a nuclear missile against the Martian ships. Once the nuke detonates, a probe absorbs the fireball, which is brought back to the Martian leader and inhaled to produce funny helium voices.
* In ''Film/TheKarateKid Part II'' Daniel's ultimate attack, The Crane Kick, [[spoiler:is quickly and easily reversed about halfway through the film]], requiring Daniel to learn an entirely new super unbeatable technique. The third film breaks the trend by not introducing any new super-moves.
* ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' movies, whenever you see the regular army set up a bunch of tanks, artillery, and lasers, the most they ever do to the giant monster, usually Godzilla, is make it angry. There was one case in ''Film/{{Godzilla 2000}}'' where a special armor piercing missile actually appeared to damage Godzilla, but he just instantly healed from it.
** It's a plot point in (some) Godzilla movies that he aggressively moves ''towards'' whatever is attacking him... thus the human weapons are at least good for leading him around.
** Godzilla himself provides a few Worf Barrages, most notably in ''Film/GodzillaVsDestoroyah'' when his impending apocalyptic nuclear meltdown causes his default breath weapon to become the Spiral Ray that he has previously used to [[OneHitKill insta-kill]] such powerful opponents as [[Film/GodzillaVsMechagodzillaII Super Mechagodzilla]] and [[Film/GodzillaVsSpaceGodzilla Spacegodzilla]]. It is thus an incredible testament to Destoroyah's power that [[ViewerGenderConfusion s/he]] is able to shrug off an entire battle's worth of these attacks as if they were Godzilla's standard atomic rays; had Godzilla not been going through his meltdown at that point, he likely would have had no chance of defeating Destoroyah.
*** In ''Film/GodzillaFinalWars'', Godzilla's standard atomic breath is powerful enough to kill any enemy monster with a single direct hit -- until he faces off against Monster X [[spoiler: (and, later, [[OneWingedAngel Kaiser Ghidorah)]].]]
** In contrast to the traditional Godzilla backstory, where nuclear tests are what accidentally woke him up and mutated him, ''Film/{{Godzilla 2014}}'' shows that he was woken up in TheFifties and ''then'' deliberately and directly attacked with nukes. Among said nukes was the Castle Bravo bomb at Bikini Atoll, the biggest bomb ever set off by the United States. Not only did this not take him down, it both mutated him and gave him a grudge against humans.
* Humorously done in ''Film/IronMan2'', where Comicbook/WarMachine fires a bunker-buster warhead at [[BigBad Whiplash]], which Hammer has previously claimed was his ultimate weapon. The warhead harmlessly bounces off Whiplash's armor, prompting Stark to immediately guess that it was developed by the inept Hammer (thus conveniently ignoring that every other Hammer weapon in War Machine's arsenal works just fine).
** To be fair, every other weapon that Hammer offered up to modify the Mark II armor into War Machine was a pre-existing design; the "Ex-Wife" bunker buster was the only weapon explicitly stated to be of Hammer Industries origin.
*** In a deleted, alternate ending where Vanko did not become yet another armored up version of one of Tony's villains, the Ex-Wife worked fine serving as a literal [[ChekhovsGun Chekhov's Gun]] to [[DefeatEqualsExplosion end with a bang]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant'', a squad of jet fighters seemingly [[spoiler:destroyed [[HumongousMecha the robot]]]], only for the U.S. Army to find out that [[spoiler: he's still alive and mourning over the seemingly-dead Hogarth]]. Of course, the paranoid Mansley still orders them to attack, but [[YouWouldntLikeMeWhenImAngry do you really think that's a good idea?]]
--> '''Soldier:''' He's still alive!
--> '''Kent Mansley:''' Then SHOOT AT HIM!!
--> Oops...
* Pepper spray is often treated as a Worf Barrage. It is used by otherwise defenceless (usually female) characters, and it invariably fails to make the TheDragon even blink. Such is the case in ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' and ''Film/UnderSiege2DarkTerritory'', where TheDragon hilariously takes the pepper spray (NOT mace, as he points out) and uses it as a breath mint.
* ''Film/TheMightyDucks'' series:
** Invoked by Coach Bombay in ''D1'' when it comes time to get Goldberg to stop being afraid of the puck - kind of difficult to be a goalie otherwise. He does this by tying Goldberg's limbs to the goalposts, then having himself and all of the other players shoot hundreds of pucks at him all at once. Goldberg protests to no avail (Karp, at least, was definitely looking forward to it) and when the pucks start firing he starts screaming bloody murder...until he realizes the shots don't really hurt and starts laughing and taunting them to shoot harder.
---> '''Goldberg:''' My mother would not approve of this, Coach. She'd like me to live to my Bar Mitzvah.
---> '''Bombay:''' This ''is'' your Bar Mitzvah, Goldberg. Today you become a man!
** Fulton Reed's slapshot is a subversion in ''D2''. Said slap-shot has smashed plexiglass, torn nets and made every goalkeeper in Minnesota cower in fear. In the first match against Iceland, the Icelandic goalkeeper manages to ''glove-save'' said slap-shot, which is treated as a super-human feat...but soon after, the goalie tears his glove off his glove to reveal a puck-shaped bruise in the palm of his hand. In a later game, Reed steps up to make a penalty against the same goalie. The goalie is visibly terrified.
* At the climax of ''Film/TheLastJedi'', Kylo Ren orders the entire army with him to fire everything they have at [[spoiler:Luke Skywalker, who is the last thing standing between them and the bunker holding the last of the Resistance]]. When the smoke clears and he is still standing, reacting to the attack by simply [[Awesome/TheLastJedi brushing some dirt off his shoulder]], Kylo gets out to fight him mano-a-mano, and finds out why his attack didn't work: [[spoiler:because Luke wasn't actually there, just projecting himself across the galaxy using the Force. Unfortunately, the effort required of him to do that ''does'' actually kill him.]]

* In ''Flinx Transcendent'', the GrandFinale of Creator/AlanDeanFoster's ''Literature/HumanxCommonwealth'' series, Flinx locates the [[{{Precursors}} Tar-Aiym]] [[LostSuperweapon weapons platform]] that he's been chasing for the last four novels and attempts to use it against the oncoming [[UltimateEvil Great Evil]]. Despite the fact that its WaveMotionGun is capable of destroying entire star systems, it barely scratches the [[EldritchAbomination galaxy-devouring horror]], forcing Flinx to go look for an even more powerful weapon.
* Harry Dresden from ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' has often suffered from this, where his spell would blow the living Hell out of the enemy, only to have it shake it off and come back at him.
** In ''Literature/FoolMoon'' [[spoiler: he blasts the loup-garou through the wall of the police station and ''the entirety of the neighboring building'', only to have it let out a howl of irritation]].
** Some of the older and more powerful faeries from ''Literature/SummerKnight'' and ''Literature/ProvenGuilty'' are almost entirely immune to magical attacks.
** A good example is in ''Literature/DeadBeat'' where [[spoiler: Harry flips a car over on top of Cowl, who then gets up with no more effort than John Wayne recovering from a sucker punch that kicks off a bar fight]].
** The ''Literature/TurnCoat'' has [[spoiler:Harry against Shagnasty, an uberpowerful, shapeshifter. He uses not one, but all eight of his kinetic energy storing rings, which are made of 3 bands a piece. Just one band has enough force to knock a man off his feet. Do the math. He fires it at Shagnasty who just raises a hand and deflects it at one of Harry's allies. Yeah. Shagnasty wasn't one to tangle with.]]
* In the Max Brooks novel ''Literature/WorldWarZ'', the American military stages a battle against the massive zombie infestation of Yonkers, New York. With the media watching, the military unleashes an overwhelming barrage of missiles, rockets, and artillery at the approaching zombie horde, only to see the largely unscathed tide of undead slouch through the smoke. [[spoiler:The unprepared ground forces are totally overwhelmed, leading to a catastrophic defeat and the western retreat of the U.S government.]]
* In ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'', we are told that Zeus' Master Bolt makes hydrogen bombs look like firecrackers. However, [[spoiler: the only time we see it in action is against [[EldritchAbomination Typhon]], who just shrugs it off]]
* Occurs twice in ''Discworld/FeetOfClay'', once when the king golem tries to kill Dorfl (it does put him out for a little bit), and once when he's hit by a lightning bolt from the gods.
* Happens in the first novel of Creator/MikhailAkhmanov's ''Literature/ArrivalsFromTheDark'' series, when a huge [[HumanAlien Faata]] starship engages a fleet of 12 Earth cruisers, who proceed to unleash a [[MacrossMissileMassacre barrage of nuclear missiles]] with the combined force of 140 ''gigaton''. The protagonist is currently aboard the mothership and triumphantly prepares to die, knowing that nothing can resist such firepower. He barely feels a bump, as the starship's DeflectorShields easily absorb the blast. Turns out 140 gigaton is nothing when your shields are rated for {{Antimatter}}.
* Inverted in a Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration novel, where the ''Enterprise-D'' has taken on board some refugees from a society that treats them like slaves [[spoiler: because they are androids]]. The refugees claim asylum and want to start their own society, then a fleet from the parent civilisation turns up and wants them back. Naturally, Picard sets up a judicial hearing, but everyone is on a knife edge. Worf has a plan to calm things down: The ''Enterprise-D'' is parked in a region of space that has just experienced a [[NegativeSpaceWedgie weird space storm]]. Using this as an excuse that they are still having some system malfunctions, Picard tells the opposing fleet that they need to drain their phaser capacitors by test firing at low power on a nearby asteroid. The asteroid is actually MadeOfExplodium, and Worf fires the phasers on full power. Result -- EarthShatteringKaboom, and the fleet commander deciding that it might be best to let Picard's court hearing decide the matter.
* In the climax of ''Literature/MistbornTheOriginalTrilogy'', when Elend's 300 Seers burn the Lord Ruler's atium cache, Atium grants CombatClairvoyance and the enhanced mental skill to perfectly use it, so while they were burning it they were effectively unstoppable, and they had enough atium to last for ''hours''. The catch? While Elend had 300 men, the enemy had 300,000. The 300 burned through the entire atium reserve, and still the enemy had more troops to throw at them.
* In ''Literature/TheSpiritThief'', [[spoiler:Tesset's]] most powerful attack gets an entire paragraph of build-up and then another paragraph to describe the aftermath. His opponent doesn't even flinch.

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* Worf's deflector dish weapon from ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'''s "The Best of Both Worlds"—complete with a huge, dramatic build-up to the famous part-one cliffhanger—is, at the beginning of part two, simply shrugged off by the Borg. Guess who pulled the trigger.
** One surprisingly good moment in the much-loathed episode "Genesis" has Worf proudly boasting of having increased the photon torpedoes' yield and improved the targeting scanners. During the subsequent weapons test, he fires a torpedo... and it spins wildly out of control, nearly blowing the ''Enterprise'' up, while the phasers can't get a lock to shoot it down. Picard's gives him a look that shows that he's clearly fighting the intense urge to start SarcasticClapping.
*** There was also a rather good example in the [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine DS9]] episode ''Valiant'': the titular ship finds the weak point of the enormous Jem'hadar battleship and fires at the said weak spot. The battleship blows up spectacularly. And then it turns out that it's still there and in perfectly good shape. Cue CurbStompBattle.
** Worf's debut [=DS9=] episode ''Way of the Warrior'' is notable for giving Worf two separate aversions. Manning the tactical station aboard ''Defiant'', Worf points out that Sisko's tactics are failing to disable the Klingon ships that they are fighting. Sisko gives Worf permission to target the Klingon ships at his discretion, and within seconds, Worf blows an enemy vessel to pieces. Later, on [=DS9=], Worf unleashes what was the most impressive barrage of [[MoreDakka weapons fire]] seen on Star Trek to that point. . .and it devastates the attacking fleet.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'':
** When the Vulcan nerve pinch fails to work on any particularly tough opponent.
** In "The Doomsday Machine", Cdre. Decker commandeers the ''Enterprise'' and launches an attack on the eponymous device. Multiple phaser salvos at full power fail to even scratch it--though Decker was the only one who thought it might.
** Subverted in the first pilot, ''The Cage''. When an species of [[MasterOfIllusion masters of illusion]] kidnap Captain Pike, the ''Enterprise'' crew makes several attempts to force their way into the aliens' base. Physically forcing the door fails, and so does blasting the it with multiple, increasingly powerful phaser salvos. Finally, they decide to hit it with the Starfleet version of field artillery; all to seemingly no effect. After Pike forces the aliens to drop their illusions, the charred ruins of both the entrance and the surrounding landscape are revealed.
** In the second pilot, "Where No Man Has Gone Before", the phaser rifle has no effect on the transformed Gary Mitchell.
* Common in ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' (where ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' gets its footage from). If the team uses the team finisher early on in a fight (or while clearly losing already and only trying it out of desperation), or the HumongousMecha pulls out its weapon or finishing attack early in a fight, chances are that it will have no effect. Works for the heroes as well, usually with their giant robots getting attacked. They'll ignore physical moves, do the BarehandedBladeBlock against melee weapons, and ranged attacks result in explosions around the robot (which, in this series, indicates that the attack didn't work, not ATeamFiring.)
** ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' has a major example: ''Series/PowerRangersTurbo'' and the Turbine Laser. It never, ever, ever works. Usually the power of a character or weapon is ''inflated'' when it's introduced, but the Turbine Laser actually leaves ''the first MonsterOfTheWeek it was used against'' unharmed.
** In ''Series/PowerRangersSPD,'' there's one attack that binds the monster (with superstrong ''crime scene tape.'') When [[CloudCuckooLander Bridge]] believes that a villain is actually innocent, he has them use that instead of normal attacks, and Syd even says "That ''never'' works!" (It works this time, and once more. But it is typically easily broken by the target afterward.)
* Occasionally in the ''Franchise/UltraSeries'', a particularly powerful {{Kaiju}} [[MonsterOfTheWeek of the Week]] or a BigBad will get hit by an Ultraman's FinishingMove and survive (or even worse, [[EnergyAbsorption absorb the attack]] and maybe [[AttackReflector fire it back at them]]). Sometimes, using the FinishingMove a second time works, but other times, it means the humans need to step in and tip the scales, or the Ultras are gonna have to come up with a different way to kill the monster.
* ''Franchise/StargateVerse'':
** Happens in the ''Atlantis'' finale. You know a ship is badass when it takes only minimal damage from Asgard plasma beams and withstands a barrage of Ancient drone weapons.
** The naquadriah-enhanced gatebusting nuke, the most powerful WMD in Earth's arsenal at the time, which didn't do a thing to remove the Ori beachhead. In fact, it did the exact opposite, as the Ori were counting on the Tau'ri to provide them with a powerful energy source, and a humongous nuclear explosion did exactly that.
** Happened in an early episode, when two Goa'uld Ha'taks were in Earth's orbit preparing to invade. Major Samuels makes a big deal of the new Naquadah-enhanced [=ICBMs=] (modified for space flight) with the yield increased a thousandfold. The missiles harmlessly explode against Goa'uld shields. In fact, they do more damage to ''Earth'' than to the Goa'uld with the EMP taking out satellites in the vicinity. Of course, they immediately start developing the means to pierce shields and, according to Sam, succeeded. This is the last we hear of them.
* In ''Series/TheFlash2014'', Barry's supersonic punches were previously able to defeat [[ExtraOreDinary Girder]]. They have no effect on [[KillerGorilla Grodd]] (partly because Grodd is surprisingly fast for his size and partly because he can [[PsychicPowers read Barry's mind]], so he knows what's coming). Barry does finally manage to land a successful supersonic punch on him, but only because Grodd is too busy [[spoiler:being sucked into a breach to Earth 2]]. Later, Jay teaches Barry to [[ShockAndAwe throw lightning bolts]] (from the electricity he builds up while running). It works against one metahuman. Then Barry faces off against [[BigBad Zoom]]... who easily catches the lightning bolt and throws it right back at Barry. It still works against other opponents, though, such as Hawkman and King Shark.
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'': When the Beast makes its appearance in "Apocalypse Nowish", the Fang Gang hit it with everything they have - axes, swords, crossbows, wooden stakes, GunsAkimbo pistols and finally a shotgun. None of it works and the Beast thrashes the lot of them.

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* In ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'', Calvin's "Spaceman Spiff" daydreams almost always involve finding out the "monster" is invulnerable to his "death ray blaster" or "zorcher" (same thing). One particularly memorable sequence had him firing a laundry list of weapons at an attacking fleet, none of which have any effect. The last panel shows him in class giving a bunch of wild guesses to a question he was asked.

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* Applies to the Superstars, when another superstar puts their "unbeatable" finishing move (which always ended the match on ALL prior occasions), on the ''top'' superstar (i.e. Wrestling/TheUndertaker, Wrestling/HulkHogan or Wrestling/UltimateWarrior, etc.). The audience is led to expect that the top superstar is finished — only for the Undertaker to sit up after [[Wrestling/JakeRoberts the DDT]], the Hulkster to fight his way out of [[Wrestling/TheIronSheik the Camel Clutch]], or The Ultimate Warrior to come back after Hulk's "unbeatable" leg-drop (all of these were actual scenarios).
** Although Warrior subverted it somewhat by getting out of the way, rather than taking it. He'd later take the trope to the most extreme example, eating FIVE of Macho Man Wrestling/RandySavage's lethal top rope elbows, then surviving to pummel Savage into retirement. But not before Savage himself would do the same to Warrior, kicking out of Warrior's drop splash finisher.
** Taken UpToEleven in the Undertaker/Wrestling/{{Kane}} match at Wrestlemania 14, where Taker got up from Kane's finisher, then needed three iterations of his own finishing move to get Kane to stay down for the three-count. After the match was officially over, Kane got up ''again'' and proceeded to pummel Undertaker, culminating in a headfirst drop on a steel chair. Taker got up as Kane was on his way out.
** Wrestling/{{Batista}} vs Undertaker at Wrestlemania 23, in which Undertaker was able to resist the Batista Bomb. Later that year, when the two fought again at Cyber Sunday, Undertaker resisted the Batista Bomb again, however this time Batista delivered a second bomb right afterward and the match was over. And, during their next match in Survivor Series, Batista was able to resist the Tombstone Piledriver.
* {{Inverted|trope}} with Wrestling/RicFlair's figure four leg lock. When he was Wrestling/{{N|ationalWrestlingAlliance}}WA World Heavyweight Champion, a recurring question was ''how'' he was champion, the joke being he had no finishing move. By the time Flair worked for the WWF, Wrestling/JimRoss would talk up Flair's figure four as being ''much'' more potent than Wrestling/BuddyRogers' and it would be treated as the most dangerous submission hold on Monday Night Raw.
* Many wrestlers outside of WWE slip and let their finisher become The Worf Barrage. Some notable examples include Takeshi Morishima's Backdrop Driver, which is less a finisher than a move he wins with just by doggedly using it over and over; Naruki Doi's Doi 555 to Bakutare Sliding Kick combo, which started as a finisher but was eventually survived so often that some fans joke that he no longer ''has'' a finishing move; and Wrestling/NigelMcGuinness's Tower of London, a rather nasty move that went from instant match-ender to a move that he could use three times in the ring and once on the apron without ending the match (at least until he went to Wrestling/{{TNA}} and became Desmond Wolfe). The Wrestling/DragonGate promotion is particularly notorious for finishers quickly going from DeaderThanDead to The Worf Barrage.
* The probability that Wrestling/{{Christian}} will so much as ''pull off'' a successful Killswitch during a given match is inversely proportional to the importance and impact of said match.
* Wrestling/RandyOrton's FiveMovesOfDoom have hit a streak where they'll usually fail or be interrupted after the third or fourth step. Either the fourth step, a hanging DDT, will get reversed, or the final step, the RKO, will be escaped. That part is subverted, as when Orton wins, it's almost exclusively from an RKO, so the RKO fails that time, but succeeds later.
* Wrestling/ChrisHero, after losing the Wrestling/ProWrestlingGuerilla World Championship belt in 2009, started to realize what many people already had: that his elbow strike was basically the Worf Barrage, and that he needed to rely more on his actual finishing moves.
* Started being averted in World Wrestling Entertainment in 2010, with the return to finishing effectiveness of such submission maneuvers as the sleeper hold (Wrestling/DolphZiggler) and a cross arm breaker (Wrestling/AlbertoDelRio).
* The last several minutes of the main event at Wrestling/WrestleMania 29 consisted of [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]] and Wrestling/JohnCena hitting each other with Rock Bottoms, People's Elbows, and Attitude Adjustments, and only getting near falls off them.
* Wrestling/BrockLesnar has done this to Cena. At Wrestling/SummerSlam 2014, Lesnar took an Attitude Adjustment and proceeded to kick out at two...and then sat up Undertaker-style seconds later, laughing the move off in a way that mocked his Wrestlemania opponent Undertaker, who he had beaten a few months prior. Then a month later, Lesnar took his finisher again and proceeded to kick out at ''one''...then took multiple [=AAs=] throughout the match, was put in multiple [=STFs=], took a curb stomp from Seth Rollins post-match and STILL had the strength to get up and F-5 Cena and walk off as if he were only momentarily stunned.

[[folder: Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'':
** In 3.5, a lot of evocation spells like ''Fireball'' and ''Lightning Bolt'' can be like this. They are flashy, but really only good for taking out {{Mook}}s. It is probably better to use a different spell on the BigBad you are fighting because a lot of the time they simply can not do enough damage. One of the main reasons for this is because the damage they do has been unchanged since AD&D 1st Edition. 10d6 may have been a lot when the dragon only had 66 hit points, but when it has 300+ and the average damage is only in the mid-30s, it can lead to a scene of a players firing off an impressive spell, only for the enemy to be relatively unharmed.
** In all editions before fourth and in Pathfinder, spells such as Fireball fell into this trope against powerful enemies. First, the enemies usually had strong saves. Second, many such powerful enemies had magical counters, immunities, and spell or magical resistances. Third, such enemies usually had enough [[MadeOfIron health]] that CriticalExistenceFailure did not set in until you ground out a lot of damage. Finally, in prior editions, UselessUsefulSpell was definitely not in effect, and [[HitPoint HP]] damage was often a terrible way to disable a single enemy. By fourth, most spells and effects (and [[BadassNormal martial powers]], and so on) fall into this trope. Most powerful enemies can only really be defeated by a long slog of hit point attrition. Fandom is [[BrokenBase completely divided]] about that.
* TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} averts this to varying degrees depending on exactly who is getting hit with what:
** Some cases are simply a matter of the target being too heavily armoured. An anti-tank krak missile will reliably paste anything that isn't big enough to logically withstand the hit (giant monsters and such), but throw it at somebody wearing Terminator armour (or equivalent), and they'll walk away unharmed almost 85% of the time.
** Invulnerable saves (personal forcefields, etc) are even worse, since even attacks that plow straight through any and all armour will simply bounce off of them. Anybody with an Iron Halo can take a shot square in the face from weaponry specifically designed to vapourize tanks/city blocks/cities/mountain ranges (yes, 40K has all of those and more...), and have a guaranteed 50/50 chance of survival.
** But even 40K has to play it straight sometimes. The recently (re-)introduced "Vortex" weapon class is nothing short of a crackling, seething portal STRAIGHT TO HELL. Its rules expressly state that it doesn't care about your equipment, your special rules, or even the building you're hiding behind. If it touches a model, THAT MODEL DIES. HORRIBLY. END OF STORY. Oh, and it destroys any scenery pieces it touches, too -- even the battlefield itself isn't safe! Except when you hit a Garguntan Creature or Super Heavy Vehicle with Vortex Weapons; then, if you're lucky, will only cause ONE point of wound/Structure Point loss. Yes, having a tank sized chunk carved out of you is OnlyAFleshWound for, let's say, a Titan.
* Averted (in a way) in ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'', where everyone and their aunt has access to Perfect Defences, which is exactly what it sounds like. Ultimately, this has the effect of rendering any and all "ultimate attacks" virtually useless, due to the cost efficiency of perfect defences versus decent attack combos. That fifty-mote Titan-killing punch you just delivered? He blocked it with a toothpick for four motes. That storm of ten thousand arrows converging on his soul at the speed of light? He just dodged it for three motes. That mile-wide beam fired from the Titan Directional Fortress, which just incinerated the local mountain range? He shrugged it off for ''two'' motes.

[[folder: Video Games]]
* In ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'', Servant Lancer has a cursed lance that, when unsealed, [[OneHitKill will always pierce the opponent's heart]], [[RealityWarper rewriting the laws of causality to do it]]... Unless the opponent happens to be very lucky. Guess what, on the occasion he gets to use it, the opponent ''was'' that lucky. [[spoiler:On the second attempt against Archer, Lancer ups the ante and unleashes its more powerful thrown form, only to have the Archer block the attack with a shield said to be proof against all missile weapons. Gae Bolg still manages to destroy it, but lacks enough force to hit Archer's heart afterwards.]]
** Archer's Broken Caladbolg from the 'Unlimited Blade Works' route as well. Reduces an entire graveyard to a smoking pile of rubble and forces the protagonists to run for cover, but when the smoke clears it is shown that it couldn't even dent TheBerserker. Then again, the fact that [[TheLawOfDiminishingDefensiveEffort Berserker deigned to defend against it at all]] shows that it was not an attack to be trifled with.
*** It isn't clear since Berserker could as way be killed during this attack. The problem is, he instantly revives after being killed.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'':
** Tellah's use of Meteor (the most powerful spell in the game) against Golbez is used both as a Worf Barrage and a SenselessSacrifice. If anything, at least it forces Golbez to back off and [[spoiler:temporarily]] breaks his hold on Kain's mind.
** At the start of the final battle, [=FuSoYa=] and [[spoiler:Golbez]] use a combined Meteor attack on Zemus to defeat him. Then Zemus comes back as Zeromus and their Meteor attacks prove useless.
* The one battle in which you control General Leo against Kefka in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' also doubles as a Worf Barrage. Similarly, the battle on the floating island witnessed between the Emperor and Kefka, the Emperor's Esper-powered Merton/Meltdown serves as a Worf Barrage by having Kefka shrug off the most damaging spell in the game. Mind you, it's not that he just takes it, but rather that he's standing in a magic null zone.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'', GF Odin appears periodically throughout the game if acquired, instantly killing any opponents in the current fight. [[spoiler:During a showdown with Seifer towards the middle of the game, Odin shows up and tries the insta-kill attack, only to be himself killed by the latest incarnation of Squall's training rival. To add insult to injury, the technique Seifer uses to [[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe bisect Odin]] is named "Zantetsuken ''Reverse''." [[labelnote:*]]This is in fact his default fighting stance. One foot in front of the other, leaning forward with his gunblade pointed at the enemy. He basically counters the attack by not doing anything at all.[[/labelnote]]]]
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'', there's Kuja's fight with Bahamut. Kuja gets a FantasticNuke to the face. ''[[NighInvulnerability It barely draws blood]].''
* At the start of ''VideoGame/PaperMario'', during the opening HopelessBossFight Bowser will you use the Star Rod to make himself invincible, after which your attacks won't hurt him. Similarly, during the 3rd and final fight with him, when you use the Star Beam which is supposed to disable the Star Rod's power, it won't work. This tradition carried in the next two games, with the final boss initially being invincible.
%%** [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast The Invincible Tubba Blubba]], at least until you find and deal with his secret, then he becomes TheWorfEffect.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}'' the [[GatlingGood minigun]] serves this purpose against the Enclave. Take a guess what weapon Michael Dorn's character uses...
* Subversion: The [[ArmCannon X-Buster]] upgrade from ''VideoGame/MegaManX1'' allows X to charge his shots to a higher level, and the attack itself is a triple helix barrage of shots. On bosses, this does no extra damage, although it does allow to hurt the final boss with the buster. Justified since the first part of the blast triggers the MercyInvincibility of the boss, letting them soak up the rest of the attack. In the remake of the game, this part returns, but the shot is redesigned to just three spiraling shots. In addition, you can put off getting the normal version for [[InfinityPlusOneSword Zero's Buster]] which is mostly the same except the new blast trades the [[BoringYetPractical fancy looks for actual strength.]]
* The trailer for the new ''VideoGame/MechWarrior'' game has one of these when the POV character scores a direct hit on an Atlas, sending the massive enemy mech staggering for a moment...
-->''"[[HopeSpot TAKE THAT YOU SON OF A]]--" *[[OhCrap stunned silence]]*''
* Eternal Sailor Moon's final attack in ''VideoGame/SailorMoonAnotherStory'' has this going for it. The attack animation is a good ten seconds long and involves multiple explosions, a death beam, and a screen white-out complete with a collapsing barrier animation... and usually does about one to two damage against the final boss. Even Sailor Mercury, who has more in common with a concrete pillbox than a tank, will average 5 damage plus 10% target accuracy loss with her ''basic attack''.
* The ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'' MMO mirrors this trope perfectly when encountering certain opponents. A single top rank player in the best ship and most powerful weapons can utterly unleash an initial barrage on a Dominion dreadnought or a Borg cube and barely scratch the shields. It takes a barrage from a small fleet, or sustained barrages over a long period to take such targets down. And those targets hit back a lot harder than the player does.
* Late into ''VideoGame/{{Crysis}}'', a tactical nuke is fired upon advanced alien technology. It only serves to jump-start the alien technology.
* The beginning of ''Franchise/DevilMayCry 4'' has Nero delivering this to Dante, which serves as the tutorial. This being [[NighInvulnerability Dante]], he's [[NoSell less than fazed]].
* Given the extremely high possible levels and cinematic attacks, ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'' allows Worf Barrages up to the point of a ten ColonyDrop combo doing ScratchDamage.
* ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}'' has the titular character [[SummonBiggerFish summoning demons]] to perform [[NoKillLikeOverkill incredibly brutal]] [[FinishingMove finishing moves]] on all of the bosses. TheDragon? [[spoiler:Kills the demons she summons. ''[[OhCrap All of them]]'']].
* Occurs no fewer than three times in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' with [[EldritchAbomination Reaper Destroyers]] (small than the "true" ''Sovereign''-class capital ships, remember). Their outer shells are [[NighInvulnerability Nigh-Invulnerable]] even to the galaxy's best ground- and air-based weapons (spacebased weapons outgun them by a fair amount, which is what the larger grade of Reaper is for). A concentrated barrage by turian fighters fails to dent the Destroyer on Tuchanka, so Shepard resorts to [[SummonBiggerFish calling in]] Kalros, [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast the Mother of All Thresher Maws]], to ''crush'' it to death. Then, on Rannoch, s/he recognizes that extra firepower will be needed to dent another Destroyer, so s/he borrows ''the entire quarian Migrant Fleet'' for MoreDakka -- which bounces straight off the Reaper's hull, and can only damage it by [[AttackItsWeakPoint attacking its weak point]]. Even then it takes a half-dozen shots to make the kill (of course, it's not like they can use the nuke level slugs with Shepard nearby, and the smaller ones probably have trouble getting through the atmosphere). Finally, on Earth, s/he is given Thanix missiles, which s/he is reliably informed "can do a [[PrecisionFStrike fuckton]] of damage". Thanks to a double helping of jamming, though, the first salvo ''still has no effect'' on a single Destroyer. Only a second, precision-guided volley does anything, and even then it isn't dead, merely crippled.
** To sum up: Shepard ''knows'' how tough Reapers are, and is very sure to bring escalating levels of firepower each time they show up. It still consistently isn't enough.
** Comically averted both off screen and a blink and you'll miss it moment. Throwaway lore from Palaven outright says the Turians managed to put a massive dent in Reaper forces. And during the big galactic battle, you can see Capital ships being destroyed, provided you your Military Readiness is high enough.
*** Though arguably, the "Reaper Forces" referred to the ground units - the Husks, Marauders, Brutes and other assorted robo-zombies, which are shown to be quite killable (if it wasn't for the fact they just kept coming). As for Capital ships being destroyed - it is true. However it is to be remembered that a complete military readiness involves [[LostTechnology massive amounts of finding ancient technology]] to upgrade the fleet (including the Crucible, which is itself [[FlingALightIntoTheFuture an ancient piece of tech]]), complemented by an insane amount of [[SuperPrototype experimental/secret tech from many species]] and possibly [[FaustianRebellion a whole species which was upgraded by the very beings if the Geth is allowed to transcend to true AI]], without accounting for all of the other Reaper-derived (or cousin-technology with the Leviathan DLC) technology brought. And they were still losing.
* Every time GDI blows up Kane with an Ion Cannon in the ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberianSeries'' he always manages to survive. It's heavily implied that Kane is not human and immortal.
* In the browser-based game ''VideoGame/BattlePirates,'' you might build a fleet of the latest and greatest hulls and weapons, which easily defeats anything in the game. Then a few months later the developers will throw something new in the mix that will NoSell it, leading to this. For example: the Scourge faction introduced in late 2015 utilizes fast moving subs with high damage resistances. Up to that point, the Crusader equipped with the [[MagneticWeapons Arbalest Cannon]] had been dominating player versus enemy battles due to its long range and high damage output, but it's completely useless against subs because ballistic weapons can't hit submerged targets. After that point, focus shifted to a specific combination of high speed hulls, long range retargetable missiles and sub detection.
* Chapter 23 in ''VideoGame/KidIcarusUprising'' has Pit [[spoiler:using the Three Sacred Treasures to attack Hades, the true BigBad of the game. The Three Sacred Treasures were used in the original ''VideoGame/KidIcarus'' and Chapter 9 of ''Uprising'' to kill Medusa...and not only do they do [[NoSell absolutely no damage]] to Hades, he ''destroys'' them!]]
* Izayoi's trope-naming ImmortalBreaker from ''Franchise/BlazBlue'' is able to kill anything, even immortal beings like Observers. However, it fails on two occasions - Jin willing himself to withstand it with the Power of Order, and Izanami taking it like a champ because [[spoiler: you can't kill death itself]]. Ironically, this means Immortal Breaker is never actually shown killing anything.

[[folder: Web Comics]]
* In the ''Webcomic/BobAndGeorge'' subcomic, ''Jailhouse Blues'', Mega Man fires [=''MORE AMMUNITION THAN GOD!"=] at Prison Toilet Man, and keeps firing into the dust cloud even while PTM is standing right behind him, berating him for his lack of Genre Savviness. The Worf Barrage effect is subverted however, as it turns out that Mega Man was firing guided missiles that locked onto him, and are now waiting inside the dust cloud to destroy PTM.
%%* Played straight, dust and all, in ''Webcomic/KidRadd''.
* In ''[[WebComic/EightBitTheater 8-bit Theater]]'', Ranger quad-wields bows and launches a "Dodecarrow Storm" against Sarda. Later, [[spoiler:[[SuperPoweredEvilSide Super Evil Black Mage]] uses "Helldoken"]]. Neither work.

[[folder: Web Original]]
* In ''WebAnimation/DeathBattle'', there are a few examples:
** [[Franchise/{{Halo}} Master Chief]] vs. VideoGame/{{Doom}}guy has the BFG being completely stopped by Master Chief's DeflectorShield.
** [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor's]] God Blast only [[AttackBackfire supercharged]] [[Franchise/MortalKombat Raiden]].
** [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Cloud's]] Omnislash couldn't break the indestructible [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Hylian Shield]].
** The [[Franchise/DragonBall Goku]] vs. Franchise/{{Superman}} fight. You'd think that after absorbing the energy of a Spirit Bomb to power his [[KamehameHadoken Kamehameha]], Goku would defeat Superman quite handily, but Superman just powers through the beam of Ki like it's nothing. It helps that Superman took that time bathing in the sun itself to get his own power-up, however.
** During the [[Franchise/StreetFighter M. Bison]] vs. [[Franchise/MortalKombat Shao Kahn]] battle, Bison performs the Nightmare Booster, his most powerful attack which the hosts note can kill a normal man with one strike. He engulfs himself in [[SoulPower Psycho Power]], flies at his opponent and carries him into the air, before [[MeteorMove slamming Shao Kahn into the ground]]. Kahn is quite amused, nonchalantly getting up and quipping:
--->'''Shao Kahn:''' Is that your best?
** [[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Charizard's]] Blast Burn is one of the most powerful attacks in Pokemon, being the fire-element equivalent of a Hyper Beam, but [[Franchise/{{Digimon}} WarGreymon]] come out of it without so much as a scratch.
** ComicBook/TheIncredibleHulk unleashes his signature [[ShockwaveClap Thunderclap]] move nearly point-blank in [[Frachise/{{Superman}} Doomsday's]] face, but at best all it does is disorient Doomsday before he grabs Hulk's hands and breaks one of them.
** [[Manga/OnePiece Portgas D. Ace]] unleashes his [[PlayingWithFire Great Flame Commandment: Flame Emperor]] (described by the hosts as a [[Anime/DragonBallZ Spirit Bomb]] of fire]]) on [[Manga/FairyTail Natsu]] while yelling at him to [[VerbThis try and eat it]]. Natsu doesn't even bother, [[NoSell he just charges right through it to attack Ace directly without injury]].
* As a tribute to ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', ''WebVideo/SuperMarioBrosZ'' hasn't shied away from this trope. The Bowser battle featured a full-on KamehameHadoken-worthy Fireball attack from Mario that didn't even make a scratch on Metal Bowser. And during the early stages of the Mecha Sonic battle on Yoshi's Island, Axem Red decides to try out his "secret weapon," a {{BFG}} that unleashes a WaveMotionGun-worthy blast that turns out not to have worked on him, just before the BigBad lays into him with an Akuma-style Raging Demon and a KamehameHadoken of his own to finish him.
* WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged:
** As to the Spirit Bomb's ineffectiveness:
--->'''Goku''': Better use that thing that always works!
** It gets lampshaded when Vegeta, Krillin, and Gohan are fighting Freeza, when they launch a huge barrage of energy beams at Freeza, which covers him in smoke.
--->'''Krillin''': Did we get him?
--->'''Gohan''': Krillin, we can sense his energy. Why do you even ask?
--->'''Krillin''': I'm an optimist.
** Cell mocks Vegeta's [[BeamSpam ki bullet barrage]] towards the end of their battle, while ''casually walking through every bullet''.
--->'''Vegeta''': ''WHY WON'T YOU DIE?!''
--->'''Cell''': Prince... has this ''ever'' worked?
* In ''The Horribly Slow Murderer with the Extremely Inefficient Weapon'' ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9VDvgL58h_Y video on YouTube]]), the Ginosaji shrugs off its hapless victim's increasingly outlandish attempts to destroy it, culminating in the detonation of a huge bank of buried TNT.
* In the {{superhero}} story ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', the three [[{{Kaiju}} Endbringers]] have been subjected to attack by all sorts of superweapons (up to, including, and ''surpassing'' [[NukeEm nuclear warheads]]) and survived.
* ''Machinima/TeamServiceAnnouncement'': ''Pop It, Don't Drop It''. No matter how much firepower one can throw at a medic, if he's Ubered, it won't matter. How to illustrate it? By aiming about three teams' worth of ordnance in the victim's direction, of course.

[[folder: Western Animation ]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'':
** Lugnut of has "[[RocketPunch The Punch of Kill Everything]]", which is an effective weapon, but frequently (and often comically) backfires on him.
** Bumblebee's stingers almost never do any real damage... until Ratchet decides to unlock their military mode in season 3 (why he didn't do it before is another story) and suddenly Bumblebee's stingers are more powerful then anyone else's weapon, the only weapon of the entire team capable of ''scratching'' Omega Supreme!
* ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'': Ulrich's [[DopplegangerAttack Triplicate]] isn't specifically an ultimate attack (most of XANA's monsters can be killed in one shot anyway), and was actually quite weak in season 1, but in season 2 it had become incredibly powerful, once allowing him to take down a whole army of monsters on his own. In season 4, however, he used it only once against [[SixthRangerTraitor William]], and William immediately found out which Ulrich was the real one and was able to devirtualize him instantly, ending the move in a few seconds.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E26TwilightsKingdomPart2 Twilight's Kingdom, Part 2]]", in a curious example of ''both'' sides of a fight using this, neither Twilight nor Tirek (each more powerful than ever before) can do much damage to the other aside from slamming each other around during their huge, epic battle scene. Tirek has to resort to [[IHaveYourWife trickery]] in order to get what he wants.

[[folder: Real Life]]

* The Battle of the Somme -- the prelude was five days (extended to seven) of the heaviest bombardment the British Army had yet laid on for preparation of an attack: over a million shells fired in a week (although later attacks would put this in the shade). It certainly LOOKED effective, and the troops had good reason to be confident that their efforts would be crowned with success -- but at zero hour, those on the left wing and much of the centre walked into an artillery-and-machine-gun-driven mincing machine that spat out twenty thousand dead and twice that number wounded IN ONE DAY for little or no gain.
** Partially averted on the right wing of the assault; the troops here actually succeeded in achieving most or all of their goals, albeit at a heavy price.
** The Normandy Landings on D-Day were also accompanied by bombing and shelling to little effect compared to the amount of bombardment, mostly due to poor weather conditions limiting visibility. The Omaha beach landing was in jeopardy of failing until destroyers steamed dangerously close to shore and fired their guns point blank into the beach defenses.
** Robin Prior and Trevor Wilson discuss why this happened at great length, and their book "The Somme" is recommended reading.
* The Toyota Hilux that, in an episode of ''Series/TopGear'', was placed on top of a 20-something story building, which was then demolished, is arguably a unique example of this trope. Big clouds of dust and debris spring up, slowly clearing to reveal the truck, which is then lifted from its landing on top of the rubble, refueled, and driven away.
** [[MadeOfIron Let's not forget that before the building demolition, that same truck had survived being rammed into other buildings/walls/trees,]] [[SuperNotDrowningSkills submerged, then buried by the tide,]] [[NighInvulnerability bashed around by a wrecking ball,]] and ''[[KillItWithFire set on fire.]]''
* The last day of the Battle of Gettysburg was an unfortunate case of this. Despite general basic knowledge, Lee's plan for the infamous "Pickett's Charge" was to level ''all'' Southern artillery on the Union center, blasting apart Union infantry deposits and artillery, in order to essentially destroy the Union center ''before'' the infantry even began their assault. It was a Napoleonic tactic known as a ''[[http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_does_feu_denfer_mean feu d'enfer]]''. The cannonade was said to be so thunderous, Lincoln in Washington D.C. could feel the earth shake. The problem: Southern artillery shells were defective, causing them to constantly overshoot their targets. This was unknown to them at the time, so while the Southern artillery wrecked utter hell on the Union supply lines and main base, it all happened ''behind'' the Union center. When the charge itself took place, the advancing Confederates found themselves assaulted by artillery and an ambush, and when close enough to the Union line, constant rifle fire and canister shot. They managed to inflict 1,500 casualties at the cost of over four times their own number (all their senior officers were killed as well), and the fact that they managed to even reach the Union line exceeded at least Longstreet's expectations. To make thing worse for the Confederates, the Union commander realized what Lee was trying to do and ordered his guns to gradually stop firing to give the impression that they'd been hit. Then, when the charge started...
* Bombing operations in UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar which included "Rolling Thunder" and "Linebacker" dropped more ordinance than had ever been previously exploded in the history of war -- and did absolutely nothing to stop the Viet Cong. Their primary supply route -- the Ho Chi Minh trail which was nothing more than a dirt road through the jungle -- was constantly filled with bomb craters. The Viet Cong just filled in the craters and kept on moving.
** Operations Linebacker and Linebacker II were actually about bringing North Vietnam back to the negotiation table, and succeeded in their mission. In fact, the type of bombing seen in these operations were the kind the Air Force had wanted to employ during Rolling Thunder, but had been denied.
* Japanese Kamikaze planes fall into this trope when they went against British carriers. Their planes, decommissioned fighters and bombers packed to the brim with explosives, were effective against the wooden-decked American carriers, but British carriers had armored steel decks; while the explosives and fuel would ignite the wood on the American carriers, they rarely, if ever, penetrated the British carrier's deck. There is a old running joke that the announcement following a kamikaze attack on a British Carrier was "Sweepers, man your brooms."
** This was still true for the "unarmored" American carriers, which had wood decks since wood absorbed shrapnel that would have simply ricocheted off metal British decks, potentially into something important. Despite this, they had armored ''hangars'' which were just a bit under the deck, meaning all the damage done was the ship equivalent of OnlyAFleshWound. A day's patch work later and they were back in action.
* You know the 80 cm [[UsefulNotes/NazisWithGnarlyWeapons Schwerer Gustav]], the [[{{BFG}} biggest gun ever built]]? Only one of these guns was [[AwesomeButImpractical built in position]] (how else would you describe an artillery crew of 2500 personnel and a purpose-built railway branch?) in time for a military operation - the [[TheSiege Second Siege of Sevastopol]]. It then expended 48 rounds before completely wearing out its barrel. The Soviets failed to notice the tank-sized bunker-busters being lobbed at them. [[SubvertedTrope Except for that one time]] when the Severnaya Bay ammo dump went up. The thing is, it was [[ElaborateUndergroundBase protected by ten meters of ferro-concrete]] - and [[UpToEleven located under 30 meters of water]].
* Inverted with the US test of a thermonuclear bomb known as [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castle_Bravo "Castle Bravo."]] Meant to be a harmless--insomuch as nuclear weapons testing ''can'' be harmless--test of new technology on Bikini Atoll, physicists failed to predict the reactions of some of the lithium isotopes produced by the detonation, resulting in an blast 2.5 to 3 times more powerful than expected. Fallout from the device affected the crews of nearby US Navy vessels, and the populations of several nearby inhabited islands; forcing evacuations, and resulting in various illnesses related to exposure to radioactive fallout. Elevated rates of cancer and birth defects persist to this day in people who were affected by the Castle Bravo test. It should probably go without saying that the last thing you ever want to hear when dealing with nuclear weapons is "[[OhCrap Oops.]]"
* A laundry list of problems[[note]]Poor launching angles for the Mk. 13 aerial torpedo and deep runs, a faulty magnetic exploder, a too-fragile contact exploder, and a bad habit of [[OhCrap running circular]] for the Mk. 14 submarine and Mk. 15 surface torpedoes[[/note]] turned far too many American torpedo salvoes into this trope early in World War II. The attempted scuttling of USS Hornet is an illustrative example: nine torpedoes fired at an already crippled carrier completely failed to sink her.
[[TemptingFate It couldn't have possibly survived that, right?]]