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Basic Trope: A completely one-sided battle.

  • Straight: An unprepared Bob encounters General Drake, then promptly gets owned.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Bob is a Master of None and encounters Drake, a Master of All who literally tears him into his component molecules.
    • Drake is so powerful, he is capable of disintegrating the weak Bob into atoms by merely touching him.
    • Drake beats Bob in about a single second.
  • Downplayed: Bob and Drake fight, Bob can't possibly hope to damage Drake because he has no way of getting past the energy shield, but Bob proves to be about on the same skill level as Drake, it's just that the energy shield means Bob can't win yet.
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  • Justified: Bob is too weak or too unprepared for the fight with Drake.
  • Inverted: Neither fighter wins the battle, and it ends up losing them both something.
  • Subverted: Bob pulls out a Heroic Second Wind.
  • Double Subverted:
  • Parodied:
  • Zig Zagged: Pendulum War.
  • Averted: The battle could go either way.
  • Enforced:
    • Drake was designed to be a badass, and the writer decided to use a curbstomp battle to try and make it more clear. It worked out pretty well.
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    • The story is aimed at an audience that prefers one-sided fights over close fights.
    • The budget or time remaining is running low, and the production team cannot afford to depict any other kind of battle.
  • Implied: Bob getting stomped into the curb happens over a Gilligan Cut.
  • Lampshaded: "This isn't fair, can't you not use one of your arms?"
  • Invoked:
    • The MacGuffin that Drake was going for was to greatly enhance his superior abilities, thus making every battle end like this.
    • The Juggernaut
  • Exploited: Bob understands the battle is not going to end well for him, so he sets it up so that, despite being unable to win against Drake, he accomplishes many more victories through the battle, by having Drake ruin important equipment and broadcasting the brutality of Drake.
  • Defied:
  • Discussed: Alice takes bets on the fight between Bob and Drake, and the odds for Bob are something along the line of 100000 to 1.
  • Conversed: "Why did Bob even bother to fight Drake? If I saw him on the street, I'd run away until he couldn't see me..."
  • Deconstructed:
    • Drake is so powerful and bored, acknowledging this fact, he tries his very best to even the odds for Bob. But that wasn't enough.
    • Drake is that much more powerful than Bob that he could end the fight in a blow if he cared to. The fact that he instead drags out the fight is equated to torture, and he's called on it.
  • Reconstructed: Drake loves challenges, and because he encounters so very few, he recognizes the fact that he may start underestimating his enemies' abilities, and promises to always go full power when encountering even the weakest challenge. Overkill or not.

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