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* PlayedWith in ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'''s [[AngstNuke Shi Shi]] [[KamehameHadoken Hokodan]] arc. [[ButtMonkey Ryoga]] learns the titular technique and uses it against Ranma. DeconstructiveParody [[InvertedTrope Inversion]] HilarityEnsues when Ranma understands the technique and [[BeatThemAtTheirOwnGame adapts it]]; the fight becomes a {{Wangst}} contest, which Ryoga eventually wins due to having [[DeusAngstMachina more true angst]]. Ranma then decides to use a modified variant powered by confidence (the Moko Takabisha), which comes far more naturally to him. The stage looks set for him to inflict a CurbStompBattle. {{Subversion}} and RealityEnsues (relatively speaking, given that they're using KiManipulation) when Ryoga learning that Ranma has a counter-technique only fuels his depression; his Shi Shi Hokodan becomes even stronger, breaking Ranma's confidence-powered Moko Takabisha technique. Then Ryoga revealed that he had been working to master an even stronger "perfected" variant of the Shi Shi Hokodan. [[spoiler: Ranma ultimately wins in [[DistractedByTheSexy an unrelated and anticlimactic way]].]]

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* PlayedWith in ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'''s [[AngstNuke Shi Shi]] [[KamehameHadoken Hokodan]] arc. [[ButtMonkey Ryoga]] learns the titular technique and uses it against Ranma. DeconstructiveParody [[InvertedTrope Inversion]] HilarityEnsues when Ranma understands the technique and [[BeatThemAtTheirOwnGame adapts it]]; the fight becomes a {{Wangst}} contest, which Ryoga eventually wins due to having [[DeusAngstMachina more true angst]]. Ranma then decides to use a modified variant powered by confidence (the Moko Takabisha), which comes far more naturally to him. The stage looks set for him to inflict a CurbStompBattle. {{Subversion}} and RealityEnsues [[SurprisinglyRealisticOutcome reality ensues]] (relatively speaking, given that they're using KiManipulation) when Ryoga learning that Ranma has a counter-technique only fuels his depression; his Shi Shi Hokodan becomes even stronger, breaking Ranma's confidence-powered Moko Takabisha technique. Then Ryoga revealed that he had been working to master an even stronger "perfected" variant of the Shi Shi Hokodan. [[spoiler: Ranma ultimately wins in [[DistractedByTheSexy an unrelated and anticlimactic way]].]]


Ownership of the Ball is determined primarily by morale. Whichever side is more confident has the advantage. This tends to result in HollywoodTactics: using your resources strategically is not as important as making a show. If you can [[DespairGambit break the spirit of your enemy]], you are probably going to win even if they greatly outnumber you and have a far superior position. On an individual scale, if a combatant is unsure of either his chances or his reasons, he will fare poorly. [[EpiphanyTherapy But once he has an epiphany]], [[HeroicResolve is reminded of what he's fighting for]], [[YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre receives supportive words]] [[YouAreNotAlone from his allies]], wins the respect of a neutral observer, or gets news that [[TheCavalry help is on the way]], he will [[HeroicSecondWind instantly become much stronger]], even to the point of [[HollywoodHealing forgetting previous injuries]]. A well-placed WorldOfCardboardSpeech or TheReasonYouSuckSpeech can render his enemy demoralised and weakened. In media dealing with sound, a ThemeMusicPowerUp is almost required for these occasions.

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Ownership of the Ball is determined primarily by morale. Whichever side is more confident has the advantage. This tends to result in HollywoodTactics: using your resources strategically is not as important as making a show. If you can [[DespairGambit break the spirit of your enemy]], you are probably going to win even if they greatly outnumber you and have a far superior position. On an individual scale, if a combatant is unsure of either his chances or his reasons, he will fare poorly. [[EpiphanyTherapy But once he has an epiphany]], [[HeroicResolve is reminded of what he's fighting for]], [[YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre receives supportive words]] [[YouAreNotAlone from his allies]], wins the respect of a neutral observer, or gets news that [[TheCavalry help is on the way]], he will [[HeroicSecondWind instantly become much stronger]], even to the point of [[HollywoodHealing forgetting previous injuries]]. A well-placed WorldOfCardboardSpeech NoMoreHoldingBackSpeech or TheReasonYouSuckSpeech can render his enemy demoralised and weakened. In media dealing with sound, a ThemeMusicPowerUp is almost required for these occasions.



* In ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' the ball usually goes to whoever has the greatest impact and investment to the plot. Superman almost never has the ball, one notable instance involving John Stewart's old friend turned into Metamorpho. Metamorpho was able to turn his body into kryptonite despite it being explicit that he must know the chemical mixture to turn into something. His lack of being able to hold the ball is such that when in an EnemyMine with Luthor to stop Darkseid, he makes a WorldOfCardboardSpeech and really starts giving it all he's got while Lex goes on a vague mission to the outer reaches of the universe. Who do you think stopped Darkseid?

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* In ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' the ball usually goes to whoever has the greatest impact and investment to the plot. Superman almost never has the ball, one notable instance involving John Stewart's old friend turned into Metamorpho. Metamorpho was able to turn his body into kryptonite despite it being explicit that he must know the chemical mixture to turn into something. His lack of being able to hold the ball is such that when in an EnemyMine with Luthor to stop Darkseid, he makes a WorldOfCardboardSpeech NoMoreHoldingBackSpeech and really starts giving it all he's got while Lex goes on a vague mission to the outer reaches of the universe. Who do you think stopped Darkseid?


* PlayedWith in ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'''s [[AngstNuke Shi Shi]] [[KamehameHadoken Hokodan]] arc. [[ButtMonkey Ryoga]] learns the titular technique and uses it against Ranma. DeconstructiveParody [[InvertedTrope Inversion]] HilarityEnsues when Ranma understands the technique and [[BeatThemAtTheirOwnGame adapts it]]; the fight becomes a {{Wangst}} contest, which Ryoga eventually wins due to having [[DeusAngstMachina more true angst]]. Ranma then decides to use a modified variant powered by confidence (the Moko Takabisha), which comes far more naturally to him. The stage looks set for him to inflict a CurbStompBattle. {{Subversion}} and RealityEnsues (relatively speaking, given that they're using KiAttacks) when Ryoga learning that Ranma has a counter-technique only fuels his depression; his Shi Shi Hokodan becomes even stronger, breaking Ranma's confidence-powered Moko Takabisha technique. Then Ryoga revealed that he had been working to master an even stronger "perfected" variant of the Shi Shi Hokodan. [[spoiler: Ranma ultimately wins in [[DistractedByTheSexy an unrelated and anticlimactic way]].]]

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* PlayedWith in ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'''s [[AngstNuke Shi Shi]] [[KamehameHadoken Hokodan]] arc. [[ButtMonkey Ryoga]] learns the titular technique and uses it against Ranma. DeconstructiveParody [[InvertedTrope Inversion]] HilarityEnsues when Ranma understands the technique and [[BeatThemAtTheirOwnGame adapts it]]; the fight becomes a {{Wangst}} contest, which Ryoga eventually wins due to having [[DeusAngstMachina more true angst]]. Ranma then decides to use a modified variant powered by confidence (the Moko Takabisha), which comes far more naturally to him. The stage looks set for him to inflict a CurbStompBattle. {{Subversion}} and RealityEnsues (relatively speaking, given that they're using KiAttacks) KiManipulation) when Ryoga learning that Ranma has a counter-technique only fuels his depression; his Shi Shi Hokodan becomes even stronger, breaking Ranma's confidence-powered Moko Takabisha technique. Then Ryoga revealed that he had been working to master an even stronger "perfected" variant of the Shi Shi Hokodan. [[spoiler: Ranma ultimately wins in [[DistractedByTheSexy an unrelated and anticlimactic way]].]]


This is not what the audience wants. People instinctively expect the world to be a sensible and just place, and we expect it to be portrayed as such in fiction. From this expectation comes the idea that RightMakesMight, and the [[TheGoodGuysAlwaysWin deserving are always victorious]]. But that's not dramatic, either. A hero whose virtue makes him invincible [[BoringInvincibleHero quickly becomes boring]], and an ineffectual villain likewise. Moreover, conflict depicted in this way is not realistic, and rings false to the viewer.

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This is not what the audience wants. People instinctively expect the world to be a sensible and just place, and we expect it to be portrayed as such in fiction. From this expectation comes the idea that RightMakesMight, and the [[TheGoodGuysAlwaysWin deserving are always victorious]]. But that's not dramatic, either. A hero whose virtue makes him invincible [[BoringInvincibleHero [[InvincibleHero quickly becomes boring]], and an ineffectual villain likewise. Moreover, conflict depicted in this way is not realistic, and rings false to the viewer.


* Much like ''Manga/{{Dragonball}}'', ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' passes the ball whenever a mon evolves and/or learns a new move. This doesn't necessarily mean coming back with a new move though.

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* Much like ''Manga/{{Dragonball}}'', ''Manga/DragonBall'', ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' passes the ball whenever a mon evolves and/or learns a new move. This doesn't necessarily mean coming back with a new move though.


* In Seasons 7 and 8 of "Series/GameOfThrones", the advantage ball is passed back and forth between Cersei and Daenerys's armies. Witness Cersei's ally Euron curbstomping Dany's fleet and killing Rhaegal in S8E4 before Dany on Drogon wipes out the entirety of said fleet plus most of Cersei's army in the very next episode.

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* In Seasons 7 and 8 of "Series/GameOfThrones", the advantage ball is passed back and forth between Cersei and Daenerys's armies. Witness Cersei's ally Euron curbstomping Dany's fleet and killing Rhaegal in S8E4 "[[Recap/GameOfThronesS8E4TheLastOfTheStarks The Last of the Starks]]" before Dany on Drogon wipes out the entirety of said fleet plus most of Cersei's army in the very next episode.


** Harry Dresden also manages to hurt and thus terrify Gravemoss, despite the fact that the latter is a PhysicalGod and {{Necromancer}} on Loki's level, through an admittedly very powerful sucker punch (while he can't repeat it [[spoiler: without dying]], Gravemoss doesn't know that - or how Dresden survived doing it in the first place, which is why he's so scared of Dresden thereafter).

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** [[Literature/{{TheDresdenFiles}} Harry Dresden Dresden]] also manages to hurt and thus terrify Gravemoss, despite the fact that the latter is a PhysicalGod and {{Necromancer}} on Loki's level, through an admittedly very powerful sucker punch (while he can't repeat it [[spoiler: without dying]], Gravemoss doesn't know that - or how Dresden survived doing it in the first place, which is why he's so scared of Dresden thereafter).



* Harry Dresden starts grabbing this after having been through one too many {{Indy Ploy}}s. In ''Literature/TurnCoat'' and ''Literature/SkinGame'' he knows that he's going to be outnumbered and out-powered, so he [[spoiler: does a sanctum invocation, allying with the GeniusLoci of a powerful island]] and uses a XanatosGambit and GambitRoulette in the first instance, and [[spoiler: gets Odin's advice and recruits Goodman Grey]] before even starting out in the second.

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* [[Literature/{{TheDresdenFiles}} Harry Dresden Dresden]] starts grabbing this after having been through one too many {{Indy Ploy}}s. In ''Literature/TurnCoat'' and ''Literature/SkinGame'' he knows that he's going to be outnumbered and out-powered, so he [[spoiler: does a sanctum invocation, allying with the GeniusLoci of a powerful island]] and uses a XanatosGambit and GambitRoulette in the first instance, and [[spoiler: gets Odin's advice and recruits Goodman Grey]] before even starting out in the second.


** This also applies a lot to Harry (and to an extent, his friends), who loses fights that he shouldn't, with both his inexperience, [[GlassCannon lack of durability relative to]] [[PersonOfMassDestruction the raw power he's capable of summoning up]], and [[HotBlooded unfortunate habit of losing his temper at the wrong moment]] frequently undercutting him against often less powerful but more skilled opponents. Particular examples include his fight with HYDRA's Destroyer, piloted by Zemo, in chapter 60 (after a temporary PlotRelevantAgeUp, he's got all the powers he would as an adult, but none of the skill required to use them effectively, and nearly gets roasted alive for his pains) and his fight with Daken in chapter 70 (which involves [[ManipulativeBastard Daken]] [[IShallTauntYou goading]] [[HotBlooded Harry]] into a fist-fight, which Harry barely survives [[spoiler: and only because the Phoenix stepped in]]). In the latter case, Harry learns from his mistake and in the rematch [[MindOverMatter uses his telekinesis]] to pummel Daken into submission, and by ''Ghosts of the Past'', is taking steps to rectify his lack of skill/experience, [[TranquilFury control his temper]], and fight smarter.

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** This also applies a lot to Harry [[Literature/{{HarryPotter}} Harry]] (and to an extent, his friends), who loses fights that he shouldn't, with both his inexperience, [[GlassCannon lack of durability relative to]] [[PersonOfMassDestruction the raw power he's capable of summoning up]], and [[HotBlooded unfortunate habit of losing his temper at the wrong moment]] frequently undercutting him against often less powerful but more skilled opponents. Particular examples include his fight with HYDRA's Destroyer, piloted by Zemo, in chapter 60 (after a temporary PlotRelevantAgeUp, he's got all the powers he would as an adult, but none of the skill required to use them effectively, and nearly gets roasted alive for his pains) and his fight with Daken in chapter 70 (which involves [[ManipulativeBastard Daken]] [[IShallTauntYou goading]] [[HotBlooded Harry]] into a fist-fight, which Harry barely survives [[spoiler: and only because the Phoenix stepped in]]). In the latter case, Harry learns from his mistake and in the rematch [[MindOverMatter uses his telekinesis]] to pummel Daken into submission, and by ''Ghosts of the Past'', is taking steps to rectify his lack of skill/experience, [[TranquilFury control his temper]], and fight smarter.



* In ''Fanfic/TomRiddlesSchooldays,'' Tom usually holds this, although he occasionally passes it to Marca.

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* In ''Fanfic/TomRiddlesSchooldays,'' Tom [[Literature/{{HarryPotter}} Tom]] usually holds this, although he occasionally passes it to Marca.


* In the ''Franchise/StarWars'' [[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse Expanded Universe]] there's Jedi Battle Meditation: an ''in-universe'' Advantage Ball. The side supported by the meditating Jedi is filled with confidence and clarity, while the opposing side is assaulted with despair. [[TheChessmaster Grand Admiral Thrawn]] once quantified this; apparently, supported by battle meditation, his fighters performed up to 40% better in every category of pilot performance. He also suspects that this is why the Imperial Remnant was so seemingly incompetent for much of the civil war after the Emperor died; they had unknowingly become completely dependent on it.

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* In the ''Franchise/StarWars'' [[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse Expanded Universe]] ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'' there's Jedi Battle Meditation: an ''in-universe'' Advantage Ball. The side supported by the meditating Jedi is filled with confidence and clarity, while the opposing side is assaulted with despair. [[TheChessmaster Grand Admiral Thrawn]] once quantified this; apparently, supported by battle meditation, his fighters performed up to 40% better in every category of pilot performance. He also suspects that this is why the Imperial Remnant was so seemingly incompetent for much of the civil war after the Emperor died; they had unknowingly become completely dependent on it.


* ''Franchise/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' uses this trope in an interesting way: While the battles can be physical in nature, they rely mostly on smarts and finding a way out of your current situation. In order to keep things exciting, whoever loses the advantage ball automatically gets to be the POV character of the following chapters, as it's now his or her turn to turn the tides of battle.

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* ''Franchise/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' uses this trope in an interesting way: While the battles can be physical in nature, they rely mostly on smarts and finding a way out of your current situation. In order to keep things exciting, whoever loses the advantage ball automatically gets to be the POV character of the following chapters, as it's now his or her turn to turn the tides of battle.


* In Seasons 7 and 8 of "Series/GameofThrones", the advantage ball is passed back and forth between Cersei and Daenerys's armies. Witness Cersei's ally Euron curbstomping Dany's fleet and killing Rhaegal in S8E4 before Dany on Drogon wipes out the entirety of said fleet plus most of Cersei's army in the very next episode.

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* In Seasons 7 and 8 of "Series/GameofThrones", "Series/GameOfThrones", the advantage ball is passed back and forth between Cersei and Daenerys's armies. Witness Cersei's ally Euron curbstomping Dany's fleet and killing Rhaegal in S8E4 before Dany on Drogon wipes out the entirety of said fleet plus most of Cersei's army in the very next episode.


* In Seasons 7 and 8 of "Series/Game of Thrones", the advantage ball is passed back and forth between Cersei and Daenerys's armies. Witness Cersei's ally Euron curbstomping Dany's fleet and killing Rhaegal in S8E4 before Dany on Drogon wipes out the entirety of said fleet plus most of Cersei's army in the very next episode.

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* In Seasons 7 and 8 of "Series/Game of Thrones", "Series/GameofThrones", the advantage ball is passed back and forth between Cersei and Daenerys's armies. Witness Cersei's ally Euron curbstomping Dany's fleet and killing Rhaegal in S8E4 before Dany on Drogon wipes out the entirety of said fleet plus most of Cersei's army in the very next episode.

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*In Seasons 7 and 8 of "Series/Game of Thrones", the advantage ball is passed back and forth between Cersei and Daenerys's armies. Witness Cersei's ally Euron curbstomping Dany's fleet and killing Rhaegal in S8E4 before Dany on Drogon wipes out the entirety of said fleet plus most of Cersei's army in the very next episode.

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** His earlier fight against Sasuke followed the ''Manga/{{Dragonball}} Z'' approach of passing the Advantage Ball for a few rounds by unlocking increasingly more power.

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** His earlier fight against Sasuke followed the ''Manga/{{Dragonball}} Z'' ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' approach of passing the Advantage Ball for a few rounds by unlocking increasingly more power.


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