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* Followed by ''Manga/ZatchBell''. Weakest mamodo opponents encountered at the beginning mostly look like humans with cosmetic differences, then much less human-like mamodo, up to and including gigantic dragons, make their entry, yet the first two {{Big Bad}}s, Zophise and Zeon, look like humans with cosmetic differences, and the final one, Clear Note, is virtually indistinguishable from a human, save from his monstrous BattleAura. Then subverted, when he is revealed to have an OneWingedAngel uber-form after all.

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* Followed by ''Manga/ZatchBell''. Weakest mamodo opponents encountered at the beginning mostly look like humans with cosmetic differences, then much less human-like mamodo, up to and including gigantic dragons, make their entry, yet the first two {{Big Bad}}s, Zophise Zofis and Zeon, look like humans with cosmetic differences, and the final one, Clear Note, is virtually indistinguishable from a human, save from his monstrous BattleAura. Then subverted, when he is revealed to have an OneWingedAngel uber-form after all.

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* The vaguelly humanoid MonsterOfTheWeek in ''Franchise/KamenRider'' are often commanded by [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters human]] or [[FullBodyDisguise human-looking]] generals.
** Regular [[Series/KamenRiderExAid Bugsters]] are bound by their programming, not self aware beyond their respective gameplay and have a static appearance. Fully manifesting into reality gives them a massive power boost, ability to [[InstantCostumeChange change]] [[HumanoidAbomination forms]] and [[GrewBeyondTheirProgramming evolve]], so any complete Bugsters is bad news.
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* Larger Tyranid creatures of ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' [[FourLegsGoodTwoLegsBetter become bipedal]], if remaining ugly. The Magus of a Genestealer Cult ''does'' appear almost entirely humanoid but is one of the most dangerous and inhuman members of the cult.
** From the same game and ''Warhammer Fantasy Battle'', men devoted to the hedonistic god/dess Slaanesh tend to take a much more feminine appearance, especially compared to the muscular brutes devoted to the WarGod Khorne. Thinking them weaker is often the last mistake you'll make, as their god-given enhancements are along the lines of enhanced senses and reflexes... much to the irritation of aforementioned muscular brutes, who see them as hedonistic wimps.

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Larger Tyranid creatures of ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' creatures [[FourLegsGoodTwoLegsBetter become bipedal]], if remaining ugly. The Magus of a Genestealer Cult ''does'' appear almost entirely humanoid but is one of the most dangerous and inhuman members of the cult.
** From the same game and ''Warhammer Fantasy ''Tabletop/WarhammerFantasy Battle'', men devoted to the hedonistic god/dess Slaanesh tend to take a much more feminine appearance, appearance (and are outright hermaphrodites for the most blessed), especially compared to the muscular brutes devoted to the WarGod Khorne. Thinking them weaker is often the last mistake you'll make, as their god-given enhancements are along the lines of enhanced senses and reflexes... much to the irritation of aforementioned muscular brutes, who see them as hedonistic wimps.wimps.
** Subverted by Lucius the Eternal, 40K's Champion of Slaanesh. Once the handsomest FightingNarcissist of the Emperor's Children Legion (itself composed of PrettyBoys), he received two scars that could not be healed, and after the Legion fell to Slaanesh worship, he continued to scar himself to the point where his head is a hideous mass of scars.



* In the episodic computer game ''Time Runners'', the main character (a teenager from Earth) travels through time and dimensions to fight monstruous "Chronodemons": a robot, a cyborg, a sentient spider, a necromancer, a mutated human and a zombie pharaoh. For the final duel, is pitted against the creator of the Chronodemons: an exact lookalike of him.

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* In the episodic computer game ''Time Runners'', ''VideoGame/TimeRunners'', the main character (a teenager from Earth) travels through time and dimensions to fight monstruous monstrous "Chronodemons": a robot, a cyborg, a sentient spider, a necromancer, a mutated human and a zombie pharaoh. For the final duel, is pitted against the creator of the Chronodemons: an exact lookalike of him.


* The TallDarkAndHandsome [[TheProtagonist Tsunashi Takuto]] of ''Anime/StarDriver'' is one of his school's top Heartthrobs. and he's also the most powerful [[TitleDrop Star ]][[HumongousMecha Driver]] among the ones in (a rather literal) TheMasquerade of the [[EverythingsBetterWithSparkles Glittering Crux]] by simply [[IAmNotLeftHanded holding back]] on ''[[OncePerEpisode every]]'' battle so each time, he catches the VillainOfTheWeek off guard and defeats them. he's [[DualWielding no slouch]] [[WoodenKatanasAreEvenBetter in battle]] outside his mech though.

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* ''Anime/StarDriver'': The TallDarkAndHandsome [[TheProtagonist Tsunashi Takuto]] of ''Anime/StarDriver'' Takuto is one of his school's top Heartthrobs. and he's also the most powerful [[TitleDrop [[JobTitle Star ]][[HumongousMecha Driver]] among the ones in (a rather literal) TheMasquerade of the [[EverythingsBetterWithSparkles Glittering Crux]] by simply [[IAmNotLeftHanded holding back]] on ''[[OncePerEpisode every]]'' battle so each time, he catches the VillainOfTheWeek off guard and defeats them. he's [[DualWielding no slouch]] [[WoodenKatanasAreEvenBetter in battle]] also able to perform DualWielding with {{Wooden Katanas|AreEvenBetter}} outside his mech though.


->''"He can even do that? That's what separates us from hot guys, dang it!"''
-->-- '''Finral''' referring to '''Yuno''', ''Manga/BlackClover''

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->''"He ->''"[Yuno] can even do that? That's what separates us from hot guys, dang it!"''
-->-- '''Finral''' referring to '''Yuno''', '''Finral Roulacase''', ''Manga/BlackClover''

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->''"He can even do that? That's what separates us from hot guys, dang it!"''
-->-- '''Finral''' referring to '''Yuno''', ''Manga/BlackClover''


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* In ''Film/{{Labyrinth}}'', Goblins are at best UglyCute for the most part, but their ruler, Jareth the Goblin King, who's also a powerful sorcerer and shapeshifter, is played by Creator/DavidBowie in his prime but with lots of makeup and a wig.

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* In ''[[Fanfic/RyuugisTheGamesWePlay The Games We Play]]'', Grimm grow steadily larger and more monstrous the more powerful they get. Then there's [[spoiler:Gilgamesh]], who is human-sized, looks very much like one, and one of the strongest ever. ''And'' then there's [[spoiler:Malkuth, their creator and master]], who is ''the'' strongest being in the story, and [[spoiler:if Jaune is any indication]], he looks perfectly human.

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* In ''[[Fanfic/RyuugisTheGamesWePlay The ''Fanfic/{{The Games We Play]]'', Play|TheGamerRWBY}}'', Grimm grow steadily larger and more monstrous the more powerful they get. Then there's [[spoiler:Gilgamesh]], who is human-sized, looks very much like one, and one of the strongest ever. ''And'' then there's [[spoiler:Malkuth, their creator and master]], who is ''the'' strongest being in the story, and [[spoiler:if Jaune is any indication]], he looks perfectly human.


** Something similar sometimes applies to the human characters. The Band of Seven includes a giant, a VillainousCrossdresser, and what looks like a bizarre medieval cyborg, but the band's leader, Bankotsu, is the youngest of the group and also the most conventionally attractive, being a braided {{Bishonen}} who looks very short next to his {{BFS}}. He's still the strongest out of all of them.

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** Something similar sometimes applies to the human characters. The Band of Seven includes a giant, a VillainousCrossdresser, CreepyCrossdresser, and what looks like a bizarre medieval cyborg, but the band's leader, Bankotsu, is the youngest of the group and also the most conventionally attractive, being a braided {{Bishonen}} who looks very short next to his {{BFS}}. He's still the strongest out of all of them.

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** Something similar sometimes applies to the human characters. The Band of Seven includes a giant, a VillainousCrossdresser, and what looks like a bizarre medieval cyborg, but the band's leader, Bankotsu, is the youngest of the group and also the most conventionally attractive, being a braided {{Bishonen}} who looks very short next to his {{BFS}}. He's still the strongest out of all of them.

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* Pretty consistent in ''Anime/{{Shinzo}}''. Gyasa is a scary, physically imposing {{Medusa}}, but the actual King of the Reptiles, Ryuma, is a short, boyish {{Bishonen}}. Lord Caris is a very muscular WingedHumanoid, but his much stronger master Queen Rusephine is a delicately-build, angelic-looking woman.


* Larger Tyranid creatures of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40K}}'' [[FourLegsGoodTwoLegsBetter become bipedal]], if remaining ugly. The Magus of a Genestealer Cult ''does'' appear almost entirely humanoid but is one of the most dangerous and inhuman members of the cult.

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* Larger Tyranid creatures of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40K}}'' ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' [[FourLegsGoodTwoLegsBetter become bipedal]], if remaining ugly. The Magus of a Genestealer Cult ''does'' appear almost entirely humanoid but is one of the most dangerous and inhuman members of the cult.


* Crops up several times in ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'', partially justified by the nature of Ghoul's superhuman abilities. While Banjou is the most physically imposing member of Kaneki's gang, it's actually the much shorter and more attractive Kaneki that is the powerhouse of the group. Likewise, among all the physically intimidating and powerful members of Aogiri, their strongest member turns out to be [[spoiler: Eto, a beautiful young woman that is easily mistaken for a child due to her size]]. Lastly, the strongest Investigator among the [[TheHunter CCG]] is Arima, a graceful {{Bishonen}} in glasses that [[AmbiguouslyBi Kaneki]] describes as "beautiful" during their first encounter.

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* Crops up several times in ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'', partially justified by the nature of Ghoul's superhuman abilities. While Banjou is the most physically imposing member of Kaneki's gang, it's actually the much shorter and more attractive Kaneki that is the powerhouse of the group. Likewise, among all the physically intimidating and powerful members of Aogiri, their strongest member turns out to be [[spoiler: Eto, a beautiful young woman that is easily mistaken for a child due to her size]]. Lastly, the strongest Investigator among the [[TheHunter [[HunterOfMonsters CCG]] is Arima, a graceful {{Bishonen}} in glasses that [[AmbiguouslyBi Kaneki]] describes as "beautiful" during their first encounter.

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