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* In ''VideoGame/CastleCrashers'', the PreFinalBoss fight with TheNecromancer has him revive two waves of enemies from the corpse-filled room before facing the players by himself as a DuelBoss.


* In one episode of ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'', Manjyome makes it inside North Duel Academy (the rival to the regular Duel Academy) and quickly finds out the rules to their "hazing ritual" from the Czar, a guy who claims to be their top student. A new student has to duel the top fifty students from least skilled to best, until he loses. Manjyome gladly accepts that challenge and starts kicking some serious A, while Czar does little but watch from a rocking chair. After Manjyome defeats the top four under Czar ''simultaneously'', Czar finally gets up and duels him; he's slightly more of a challenge, but Manjyome still triumphs. At that point, the school's chancellor appears, telling him that he's passed the SecretTestOfCharacter that he's been put through the entire episode, and also says he's earned the right to take over as top student. (Claiming he never really liked Czar much anyway.)
* In ''LightNovel/TheRisingOfTheShieldHero'' [[spoiler:Medea]] could, at any time, achieve her end goal by personally [[spoiler:destroying the world]]. Instead she sends an army to fight the defenders and observes the battles because [[ForTheEvulz she enjoys watching her enemies struggle and fail]]. She only intervenes if her forces are in danger of losing ground as she doesn't want anyone else to win.
* Both ''Manga/SailorMoon'' and its SpiritualSuccessor ''Franchise/PrettyCure'' deal with the heroes fighting with the evil-summoned MonsterOfTheWeek, which ruins their day. As per MagicalGirlWarrior standards, they deal with the problem themselves. The latter usually have a theme to their summoning each season.

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* In one episode of ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'', Manjyome makes it inside North Duel Academy (the rival to ** Even earlier than that, in the regular Duel Academy) and quickly finds out original miniseries the rules reason Devimon resorted to relying on [[BrainwashedAndCrazy Black Gear-infected]] Digimon to attack the children after his attempt at simply murdering them in their "hazing ritual" from the Czar, a guy who claims to be their top student. A new student has to duel the top fifty students from least skilled to best, until he loses. Manjyome gladly accepts that challenge and starts kicking some serious A, while Czar does little but watch from a rocking chair. After Manjyome defeats the top four under Czar ''simultaneously'', Czar finally gets up and duels him; he's slightly more of a challenge, but Manjyome still triumphs. At that point, the school's chancellor appears, telling him that he's passed the SecretTestOfCharacter that he's been put through the entire episode, and also says he's earned the right to take over as top student. (Claiming he never really liked Czar much anyway.)
* In ''LightNovel/TheRisingOfTheShieldHero'' [[spoiler:Medea]] could, at any time, achieve her end goal by personally [[spoiler:destroying the world]]. Instead she sends an army to fight the defenders and observes the battles
sleep failed is because [[ForTheEvulz she enjoys watching her enemies struggle he wanted to make sure that when they confronted him again, he'd know all about their moves and fail]]. She abilities. [[DidntSeeThatComing Patamon evolving into Angemon]] and channeling all his strength to perform a MutualKill was the only intervenes if her forces are in danger of losing ground as she doesn't want anyone else to win.
* Both ''Manga/SailorMoon''
reason Devmon was defeated. Even then, he mocked Angemon for a SenselessSacrifice and its SpiritualSuccessor ''Franchise/PrettyCure'' gleefully informed the kids that even more powerful and dangerous Digimon were waiting for them.
* ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' uses this to an effect in the latter half of the Universal Survival arc. After Jiren proves to be so overwhelmingly powerful after his first fight with Goku. The remaining Universe 7 warriors find themselves facing off against the other remnants of the other universes' warriors while Jiren and his Pride Troopers, Toppo and Dyst, just step back and watch. Granted some of the other universes could've attacked them as well but figured Universe 7 was the easier of the two to
deal with first and went after them. By the heroes fighting with time all the evil-summoned MonsterOfTheWeek, other universes are gone save 11. Universe 7's crew, which ruins their day. As per MagicalGirlWarrior standards, they deal with the problem themselves. The latter usually have a theme to their summoning each season.by this point included Goku, Vegeta, Gohan, Android 17 and Frieza, are battle weary and going up against opponents who're barely even roughed up.



* ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' uses this to an effect in the latter half of the Universal Survival arc. After Jiren proves to be so overwhelmingly powerful after his first fight with Goku. The remaining Universe 7 warriors find themselves facing off against the other remnants of the other universes' warriors while Jiren and his Pride Troopers, Toppo and Dyst, just step back and watch. Granted some of the other universes could've attacked them as well but figured Universe 7 was the easier of the two to deal with first and went after them. By the time all the other universes are gone save 11. Universe 7's crew, which by this point included Goku, Vegeta, Gohan, Android 17 and Frieza, are battle weary and going up against opponents who're barely even roughed up.

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* ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' uses In ''Manga/RuroniKenshin'', Makoto Shishio deliberately had one of his mooks engage Kenshin in battle, but Kenshin defeated him without so much as drawing his sword by engaging in ExplosiveOverclocking (the mook was proud of his speed, but failed to notice Kenshin slowly ''increase'' his speed until the point the mook's body couldn't keep up). Shishio quietly inquired if this to an effect in meant the latter half mook couldn't even force Kenshin to demonstrate a single one of his techniques... [[YouHaveFailedMe and getting the Universal Survival arc. After Jiren proves hint the mook makes one last desperate charge that does indeed force Kenshin to be so overwhelmingly powerful after his first fight counter with Goku. The remaining Universe 7 warriors find themselves facing off against the other remnants one of the other universes' warriors while Jiren his moves]].
* Both ''Manga/SailorMoon''
and his Pride Troopers, Toppo and Dyst, just step back and watch. Granted some of the other universes could've attacked them as well but figured Universe 7 was the easier of the two to its SpiritualSuccessor ''Franchise/PrettyCure'' deal with first and went after them. By the time all heroes fighting with the other universes are gone save 11. Universe 7's crew, evil-summoned MonsterOfTheWeek, which ruins their day. As per MagicalGirlWarrior standards, they deal with the problem themselves. The latter usually have a theme to their summoning each season.
* In ''LightNovel/TheRisingOfTheShieldHero'' [[spoiler:Medea]] could, at any time, achieve her end goal
by this point included Goku, Vegeta, Gohan, Android 17 personally [[spoiler:destroying the world]]. Instead she sends an army to fight the defenders and Frieza, observes the battles because [[ForTheEvulz she enjoys watching her enemies struggle and fail]]. She only intervenes if her forces are battle weary in danger of losing ground as she doesn't want anyone else to win.
* In one episode of ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'', Manjyome makes it inside North Duel Academy (the rival to the regular Duel Academy)
and going quickly finds out the rules to their "hazing ritual" from the Czar, a guy who claims to be their top student. A new student has to duel the top fifty students from least skilled to best, until he loses. Manjyome gladly accepts that challenge and starts kicking some serious A, while Czar does little but watch from a rocking chair. After Manjyome defeats the top four under Czar ''simultaneously'', Czar finally gets up against opponents who're barely even roughed up.and duels him; he's slightly more of a challenge, but Manjyome still triumphs. At that point, the school's chancellor appears, telling him that he's passed the SecretTestOfCharacter that he's been put through the entire episode, and also says he's earned the right to take over as top student. (Claiming he never really liked Czar much anyway.)


* In ''Film/{{Dredd}}'', happens along a sorting algorithm. Gang leader Ma-Ma has Judge Dredd and his rookie Anderson trapped inside of her 200 level skyrise under lockdown, but she honestly ''hopes'' that the initial groups of low-ranking thugs she sends will kill him. She advances to sending more men, to using ''miniguns'' against Dredd, but nothing stops him. Once all of the pawns are used up, she sends in the knights - a squad of four Dirty Cops to take him out. She only does this reluctantly because it is very expensive. Nonetheless, during their ensuing fight the corrupt Judge Lex taunts Dredd that he used up all his ammunition fighting the canon-fodder from Ma-Ma's gang (which he needed now more than ever because the other Judges are as well-armed and trained as he is). The tactic worked, and they come the closest to killing Dredd: he runs ''completely'' out of ammo mid-fight, and suffers a gut-shot as a result.

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* In ''Film/{{Dredd}}'', happens along a sorting algorithm. Gang leader Ma-Ma has Judge Dredd and his rookie Anderson trapped inside of her 200 level skyrise under lockdown, but she honestly ''hopes'' that the initial groups of low-ranking thugs she sends will kill him. She advances to sending more men, to using ''miniguns'' against Dredd, but nothing stops him. Once all of the pawns are used up, she sends in the knights - a squad of four Dirty Cops to take him out. She only does this reluctantly because it is very expensive. Nonetheless, during their ensuing fight the corrupt Judge Lex taunts Dredd that he used up all his ammunition fighting the canon-fodder from Ma-Ma's gang (which he needed now more than ever because the other Judges are as well-armed and trained as he is). The tactic worked, and they come the closest to killing Dredd: he runs ''completely'' out of ammo mid-fight, and suffers a gut-shot as a result. To push the analogy even further, Ma-Ma herself turns out to basically be the King. While not completely helpless, she's no match for Dredd in a one-on-one fight, who throws her off the top of the building to her death.


* In the ''ComicBook/Batman'' comics, Bane used this to brutal effect. In the original ''Knightfall'' arc, Bane was smart enough to send other villains against Batman to either weaken him first, track him down, or simply observe his fighting style so he can learn from it. Various subsequent iterations in different continuities and media have played with this to different degrees (some treat Bane as a dumb brute, while surprisingly, the Nolan-verse live-action Bane - though intelligent - ''did not'' do this but chose to fight him head-on (because in that incarnation, Bane explicitly had the same training background with the League of Shadows that Batman did). A good example is from the Bruce Timm animated universe: Bane decides to shadow Killer Croc until Batman eventually fights him, and when the mob boss who hired Bane to fight Batman questions this, he explicitly states it is so he can observe Batman's fighting technique.

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* In the ''ComicBook/Batman'' ''ComicBook/{{Batman}}'' comics, Bane used this to brutal effect. In the original ''Knightfall'' arc, Bane was smart enough to send other villains against Batman to either weaken him first, track him down, or simply observe his fighting style so he can learn from it. Various subsequent iterations in different continuities and media have played with this to different degrees (some treat Bane as a dumb brute, while surprisingly, the Nolan-verse live-action Bane - though intelligent - ''did not'' do this but chose to fight him head-on (because in that incarnation, Bane explicitly had the same training background with the League of Shadows that Batman did). A good example is from the Bruce Timm animated universe: Bane decides to shadow Killer Croc until Batman eventually fights him, and when the mob boss who hired Bane to fight Batman questions this, he explicitly states it is so he can observe Batman's fighting technique.


* In the ''Batman'' comics, Bane used this to brutal effect. In the original ''Knightfall'' arc, Bane was smart enough to send other villains against Batman to either weaken him first, track him down, or simply observe his fighting style so he can learn from it. Various subsequent iterations in different continuities and media have played with this to different degrees (some treat Bane as a dumb brute, while surprisingly, the Nolan-verse live-action Bane - though intelligent - ''did not'' do this but chose to fight him head-on (because in that incarnation, Bane explicitly had the same training background with the League of Shadows that Batman did). A good example is from the Bruce Timm animated universe: Bane decides to shadow Killer Croc until Batman eventually fights him, and when the mob boss who hired Bane to fight Batman questions this, he explicitly states it is so he can observe Batman's fighting technique.

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* In the ''Batman'' ''ComicBook/Batman'' comics, Bane used this to brutal effect. In the original ''Knightfall'' arc, Bane was smart enough to send other villains against Batman to either weaken him first, track him down, or simply observe his fighting style so he can learn from it. Various subsequent iterations in different continuities and media have played with this to different degrees (some treat Bane as a dumb brute, while surprisingly, the Nolan-verse live-action Bane - though intelligent - ''did not'' do this but chose to fight him head-on (because in that incarnation, Bane explicitly had the same training background with the League of Shadows that Batman did). A good example is from the Bruce Timm animated universe: Bane decides to shadow Killer Croc until Batman eventually fights him, and when the mob boss who hired Bane to fight Batman questions this, he explicitly states it is so he can observe Batman's fighting technique.


* The final fight in Creator/JackieChan's ''Project A'' has the heroes mowing down waves of enemies while the head pirate San-po makes a point of standing back and watching the fight.

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* The final fight in Creator/JackieChan's ''Project A'' ''Film/ProjectA'' has the heroes mowing down waves of enemies while the head pirate San-po makes a point of standing back and watching the fight.


* In ''Film/XMenTheLastStand'', Magneto holds back while his hordes of lesser-powered mutants blitz Alcatraz, telling his right-hand man, "[[TropeNamer In chess, the pawns go first]]." This moment serves as Magneto's KickTheDog: for all his grand-standing on mutant rights and brotherhood and superiority, he's [[NotSoDifferent just as willing to watch them get slaughtered]]. When the opening charge of weaker mutants gets taken out by the human forces' new PowerNullifier weapons, Magneto explains to Pyro (who he'd held back from joining the attack) "That's why the pawns go first."

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* In ''Film/XMenTheLastStand'', Magneto holds back while his hordes of lesser-powered mutants blitz Alcatraz, telling his right-hand man, "[[TropeNamer In chess, the pawns go first]]." This moment serves as one of Magneto's KickTheDog: major KickTheDog moments: for all his grand-standing on mutant rights and brotherhood and superiority, he's [[NotSoDifferent just as willing to watch them get slaughtered]]. When the opening charge of weaker mutants gets taken out by the human forces' new PowerNullifier weapons, Magneto explains to Pyro (who he'd held back from joining the attack) "That's why the pawns go first."


->''"In Chess, the pawns go first."''

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->''"In Chess, chess, the pawns go first."''


->"In chess, the pawns go first."\\
''[his first wave of troops assaults and promptly gets mowed down]''\\
"''That's'' why the pawns go first."
-->-- '''ComicBook/{{Magneto}}''', ''Film/XMenTheLastStand''

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->"In chess, ->''"In Chess, the pawns go first."\\
''[his
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-->-- '''ComicBook/{{Magneto}}''' right before [[WeHaveReserves his
first wave of troops assaults and promptly gets mowed down]''\\
"''That's'' why the pawns go first."
-->-- '''ComicBook/{{Magneto}}''',
down]], ''Film/XMenTheLastStand''


* The ''{{ComicBook/Spawn}}'' video games. The demon king Malebolgia is your most common enemy, and he's always seated on a giant throne in Hell In the SNES title, he shoots lightning from his hands while you box with the Mad One. Afterwards, he gets off his throne and sends you to fight his creation, the New Breed. In ''Eternal'' for [=PlayStation=], he stays in the background during the rematch with Violator.

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* The ''{{ComicBook/Spawn}}'' video games. The demon king Malebolgia is your most common enemy, and he's always seated on a giant throne in Hell Hell. In the SNES title, he shoots lightning from his hands while you box with the Mad One. Afterwards, he gets off his throne and sends you to fight his creation, the New Breed. In ''Eternal'' for [=PlayStation=], he stays in the background during the rematch with Violator.

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* The ''{{ComicBook/Spawn}}'' video games. The demon king Malebolgia is your most common enemy, and he's always seated on a giant throne in Hell In the SNES title, he shoots lightning from his hands while you box with the Mad One. Afterwards, he gets off his throne and sends you to fight his creation, the New Breed. In ''Eternal'' for [=PlayStation=], he stays in the background during the rematch with Violator.
-->'''WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd''': He's just sitting there in the back! ''[[SoulEating Eating souls!]]'' ''Like'', sitting in the back of a bar eating buffalo wings!


* Subverted in ''[[WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles Rise of the Underminer]]'': The heroes think that the [[EternalEngine powerplant]] foreman Dug is doing this, but it turns out that [[TrappedInVillainy he was never loyal in the first place]], and was deliberately getting all his bodyguard robots destroyed at the heroes' hands so he'll be free to [[OptOut negotiate with them]].

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* Subverted in ''[[WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles Rise of the Underminer]]'': ''VideoGame/TheIncrediblesRiseOfTheUnderminer'': The heroes think that the [[EternalEngine powerplant]] foreman Dug is doing this, but it turns out that [[TrappedInVillainy he was never loyal in the first place]], and was deliberately getting all his bodyguard robots destroyed at the heroes' hands so he'll be free to [[OptOut negotiate with them]].


* ''his first wave of troops assaults and promptly gets mowed down''*\\

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* ''his ''[his first wave of troops assaults and promptly gets mowed down''*\\down]''\\






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* This is how the fights against Mr. X go in the first two ''VideoGame/StreetsOfRage'' games. He [[SlouchOfVillainy sits on his throne menacingly]] while hordes of {{Mooks}} attempt to kill you (in the second game, he sics his [[TheDragon Dragon]] Shiva on you as well). After enough henchmen/Shiva are defeated, he joins the fight, brandishing his signature tommy gun.

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* This is how the fights against Mr. X go in the first two ''VideoGame/StreetsOfRage'' games. He [[SlouchOfVillainy sits on his throne menacingly]] while hordes of {{Mooks}} attempt to kill you (in the second game, he sics his [[TheDragon Dragon]] Shiva on you as well). After enough henchmen/Shiva are defeated, he joins the fight, brandishing his signature tommy gun. A similar scenario seems to play out in the third Streets of Rage game, except that after defeating the mooks [[spoiler: [[ActuallyADoombot the supposed Mr. X is revealed to be a robot, which you have to defeat.]]]]


* This is how the fights against Mr. X go in the first two ''VideoGame/StreetsOfRage'' games. He [[SlouchOfVillainy sits on his throne menacingly]] while hordes of {{Mooks}} attempt to kill you (in the second game, he sics his [[TheDragon Dragon]] Sheva on you as well). After enough henchmen/Sheva are defeated, he joins the fight, brandishing his signature tommy gun.

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* This is how the fights against Mr. X go in the first two ''VideoGame/StreetsOfRage'' games. He [[SlouchOfVillainy sits on his throne menacingly]] while hordes of {{Mooks}} attempt to kill you (in the second game, he sics his [[TheDragon Dragon]] Sheva Shiva on you as well). After enough henchmen/Sheva henchmen/Shiva are defeated, he joins the fight, brandishing his signature tommy gun.

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