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** Discworld's Lord Vetinari sometimes gets this. When the baddies hurt him or catch him unguarded and unprepared, you know it's serious. Although when you think about it, he probably gets hurt/poisoned/turned into a lizard/otherwise out of the baddies' way without a handy plan to save himself more often than not. But since both the characters and the readers are still left with the impression that he's a cool badass character who always has everything under control, you could say it works.


** In ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'', franchise newcomers Film/BlackPanther and [[Film/SpiderManHomecoming Spider-Man]] both take on powerful heroes and win; the former chases Captain America, Falcon, and Bucky across Bucharest and only stops when all four are arrested, and the latter steals Captain America's shield, catches Bucky's metal fist in one handed, webs both him and Falcon to the floor, and [[spoiler:even comes up with the plan to take down Giant-Man]]. Both show how powerful they are and that they are able to go toe-to-toe with the other Avengers.

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** In ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'', franchise newcomers Film/BlackPanther Film/{{Black Panther|2018}} and [[Film/SpiderManHomecoming Spider-Man]] both take on powerful heroes and win; the former chases Captain America, Falcon, and Bucky across Bucharest and only stops when all four are arrested, and the latter steals Captain America's shield, catches Bucky's metal fist in one handed, webs both him and Falcon to the floor, and [[spoiler:even comes up with the plan to take down Giant-Man]]. Both show how powerful they are and that they are able to go toe-to-toe with the other Avengers.


* One of the cause-and-effect-chain [=DirecTV=] commercials goes thusly, with lines 5-7 exemplifying this:

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* One of the cause-and-effect-chain [=DirecTV=] commercials [[https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=vaYqoMgI334 goes thusly, thusly]], with lines 5-7 exemplifying this:


** ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar'': Wanna show just how strong Thanos is after years of buildup as TheDreaded? Have him wipe the floor with the ''Hulk'' in a fight and kill the very powerful [[spoiler:Heimdall and Loki]]. All in the opening scene.

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** ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar'': Wanna show just how strong Thanos is after years of buildup as TheDreaded? Have him wipe the floor with the ''Hulk'' in a fight and kill the very powerful [[spoiler:Heimdall and Loki]]. Loki.]] All in the opening scene.

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* ''Webcomic/GuildedAge'': Byron is billed as "the Berserker" and generally treated as the most competent member of the group, but he's usually also the first to go down (one way or another) when things get sufficiently serious.


* Parodied in [[http://www.forbes.com/sites/scottmendelson/2015/10/12/why-cant-avengers-infinity-war-cost-1-billion/#7352f144579f this]] Forbes article speculating on the events of AvengersInfinityWar:

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* Parodied in [[http://www.forbes.com/sites/scottmendelson/2015/10/12/why-cant-avengers-infinity-war-cost-1-billion/#7352f144579f this]] Forbes article speculating on the events of AvengersInfinityWar:''Film/AvengersInfinityWar'':


** In ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'' we see the T-800 (Arnold), the 6'2" unstoppable killer robot who for the whole last movie was one of the most menacing things ever put to film, get thrown around like a rag-doll by the considerably shorter and skinnier T-1000. Mainly at the end of the movie, though; earlier in the film he tends to keep the upper hand. For the most part, if its a gunfight, the impervious T-800 will win. If it's a fistfight, the intangible T-1000 will win.

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** In ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'' we see the T-800 T-101 (Arnold), the 6'2" unstoppable killer robot who for the whole last movie was one of the most menacing things ever put to film, get thrown around like a rag-doll by the considerably shorter and skinnier T-1000. Mainly at the end of the movie, though; earlier in the film he tends to keep the upper hand. For the most part, if its a gunfight, the impervious T-800 T-101 will win. If it's a fistfight, the intangible T-1000 will win.

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* Starting in ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies'', when there were multiple playable characters, Apollo becomes a downplayed version of this, being the first of the main lawyers to have to face the game's main prosecutor and demonstrate how good a prosecutor they are. Downplayed in that he does end up beating them in the end, but it is still a very close victory in both cases.


'''Note''': Please don't use this trope whenever someone losses a fight. It only applies if serves the purpose described above.

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'''Note''': Please don't use this trope whenever someone losses loses a fight. It only applies if serves the purpose described above.


** Dauntless is a superhero who is able to imbue items with power. InUniverse, it is speculated that he will one day be able to surpass [[WorldsStrongestMan the Triumvirate]]. So naturally he is TooPowerfulToLive and [[spoiler:bites it fighting Leviathan.]]


*** [[YMMV]] The Spartans revered Ares as a model soldier of strength and military intelligence comparable to Athena. In Roma, Mars had a more dignified role as a military peacekeeper, second in power only to Jupiter.

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*** [[YMMV]] The Spartans revered Ares as a model soldier of strength and military intelligence comparable to Athena. In Roma, Mars had a more dignified role as a military peacekeeper, second in power only to Jupiter.


** The true master of this trope is ''Lancer''; he is established early on as being a badass while fighting Archer and almost kills Shiro and delivers a badass one-liner immediately following, but it's all downhill from there. In the Fate route he is [[spoiler:killed by Gilagmesh to establish how powerful he is]]. In Unlimited Blade Works he is [[spoiler: forced to kill himself by Kotomine ordering him to do so with a Command Spell]], though he does have his [[SugarWiki/MomentofAwesome chance to shine]] immediately following this. Finally in Heaven's Feel he [[spoiler: dies to establish True Assasin's cred.]] Although, his death in ''Heaven's Feel'' is because [[spoiler:Dark Sakura cornered him, meaning he would've died by either True Assassin or Dark Sakura. If Dark Sakura weren't there, True Assassin would've been gone as fast as he arrived.]]

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** The true master of this trope is ''Lancer''; he is established early on as being a badass while fighting Archer and almost kills Shiro and delivers a badass one-liner immediately following, but it's all downhill from there. In the Fate route he is [[spoiler:killed by Gilagmesh to establish how powerful he is]]. In Unlimited Blade Works he is [[spoiler: forced to kill himself by Kotomine ordering him to do so with a Command Spell]], though he does have his [[SugarWiki/MomentofAwesome [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome chance to shine]] immediately following this. Finally in Heaven's Feel he [[spoiler: dies to establish True Assasin's cred.]] Although, his death in ''Heaven's Feel'' is because [[spoiler:Dark Sakura cornered him, meaning he would've died by either True Assassin or Dark Sakura. If Dark Sakura weren't there, True Assassin would've been gone as fast as he arrived.]]


* Epic from ''Disgaea: Jewel of the gods'' is an example. He's introduced by taking out an immortal, giant enemy that Laharl, Adell, and Mao couldn't beat. After that he get's dominated by Etna, a reaper, Baal's minions, [[TheDragon Baal's right hand man Fried]], Baal, Raiden, and Alex, mixing in some ButtMonkey status along the way.

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* Epic from ''Disgaea: Jewel of the gods'' is an example. He's introduced by taking out an immortal, giant enemy that Laharl, Adell, and Mao couldn't beat. After that he get's gets dominated by Etna, a reaper, Baal's minions, [[TheDragon Baal's right hand man Fried]], Baal, Raiden, and Alex, mixing in some ButtMonkey status along the way.



** In ''Literature/LegacyOfTheForce'', they have their villain stab [[VideoGame/DarkForcesSaga Kyle Katarn]] through the chest. Thankfully, this get's reversed, and Kyle's shown much more respect, in the ''Literature/FateOfTheJedi'' books.

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** In ''Literature/LegacyOfTheForce'', they have their villain stab [[VideoGame/DarkForcesSaga Kyle Katarn]] through the chest. Thankfully, this get's gets reversed, and Kyle's shown much more respect, in the ''Literature/FateOfTheJedi'' books.

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