'''Basic Trope''': A (supposedly) powerful fighter is defeated, for the narrative purpose of showing how strong is the (usually new) opponent.
* '''Straight''': Bob, a mighty warrior, is easily defeated by Charlie in order to show off his new ArtifactOfDoom.
* '''Exaggerated''':
** Charlie defeats Bob, known far and wide as the [[WorldsBestWarrior best warrior of all known ages]], and his entire legion of TrueCompanions in a CurbstompBattle, all while his ArtifactOfDoom is less than a tenth of its power.
** SacrificialLion
* '''Downplayed''':
** Bob loses against the BigBad in said villain's introductory chapter in order to demonstrate this but still fares well against the run-of-the-mill {{Mooks}} that pop up later and even defeats a member of the QuirkyMinibossSquad.
** Bob is pushed to his limit by the new BigBad to show how dangerous the villain is, but ultimately fights the villain to a draw or manages to escape rather than lose outright.
* '''Justified''':
** WorfHadTheFlu
** He's tough, [[EliteMook but they're tougher.]] The fight demonstrates this.
** Bob is pretty strong, but overconfident and fights people stronger than him. His defeat serves the double purpose of showing Alice how dangerous those people are, and also not to be overconfident.
** Because Bob is so mighty, he is sent to fight the most powerful enemies and determine how they fight.
** The Villain knows Bob is the biggest threat, so he takes him out first.
* '''Inverted''': Bob is portrayed as a wimp. He beats up the new opponent himself, showing how pathetic this guy is.
** [[BigBad Lord Evulz]] is [[EvilerThanThou defeated by a villain much more competent and evil than him.]]
* '''Subverted''':
** WorfHadTheFlu. During the HeroicRematch, Bob dominates.
** Charlie floors Bob in a single hit... Then Bob gets back up and curb stomps Charlie.
* '''Double Subverted''': In the rematch, Charlie says IAmNotLeftHanded and demonstrates his true level by flooring Bob again.
* '''Parodied''':
** Bob, supposedly TheBigGuy, gets his ass kicked by anyone who enters the room. He can't even win arguments against newer people.
** A teddy bear easily kills Bob and is hailed as the mightiest foe the heroes have ever faced.
* '''Zig Zagged''': Bob defeats a powerful opponent, who turns out to be OnlyMostlyDead. After this, Bob unveils an EleventhHourSuperpower, in which he defeats the opponent again, only for them to get back up...
* '''Averted''': Bob isn't a jobber and instead has a variable win-loss record.
* '''Enforced''': "Hey, we need to show off how powerful this new opponent is! I know, put him up against Bob!"
* '''Lampshaded''': "Why do I always lose against the new villain?"
* '''Invoked''':
** Charlie decides to intimidate Alice with his new powers and chooses the strongest member of her team, Bob, to destroy first.
** Bob has a mighty HealingFactor [[StoneWall but no other powers]], and so always charges in first to allow his teammates to gain vital combat data [[GoodThingYouCanHeal whenever he explodes hilariously.]]
%%* '''Exploited''':
* '''Defied''': Bob, fighting a critical battle, reaches into HeroicResolve and wins a fight he was about to lose.
* '''Discussed''': "So, you just throw Bob at the new villains to see how strong they are?"
* '''Conversed''': Bob and Alice are doctors, and while sitting in the lounge, the topic turns to Bob's impressive musculature, at which point Alice comments, "But, then again, it means you're the first one to get knocked out if a supervillain shows up".
* '''Deconstructed''': Bob realizes that he's ultimately a jobber, and this starts to take a mental and emotional toll on him, leading him to quit.
* '''Reconstructed''':
** Bob decides that his purpose is to lose so his teammates can learn the fighting styles of his opponents, and rejoins.
** Bob chooses to learn from Charlie about his strength and weakness.
** Bob accepts that he is OvershadowedByAwesome and deliberately fights using a highly defensive style to tire his opponents rather than defeat them. When the time is right, he wisely retreats so TheHero can do his job.
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%% Optional items, added after Conversed, at your discretion:
%%* '''Implied''': ???
%%* '''Played For Laughs''': ???
%%* '''Played For Drama''': ???