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>When the MC meets a rival
>When the rival magically stops progressing
>When the rival is now just a joke
>mfw
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Hiei is on par with the demon kings, he almost beat Makuro after all.
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>Allies with incredibly helpful powers are introduced
>They never use them on villains
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>>136062435
Examples? I never really saw this
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>>136062957
All I can think of are the psychics from chapter black
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>>136062235
Rival peaked, can't help it.
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>>136062235
>>When the rival magically stops progressing
more like the MC magically becomes a demon hybrid with more unlock potential to explore
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>>136062235
MC just needs a better class of rival.
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>>136062957
I think a lot of DBZ villains could have been defeated easily if they just used team work. Solar Flare + Destructo Disk = off with their head

Kurama's deadly seeds are never used on the main baddies just the midtier enemies.

I know like there are a lot of examples of this but these are the only ones I can think of.
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>>136062301
>he almost beat Makuro after all

Not even fucking close.
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>>136062235
Thankfully this didn't happen with Vegeta.
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>>136065126
Just almost every other character in Dragonball
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>>136065126
It happens to everyone who's not goku sooner or later. given enough time Toriyama will find a way to make Lord Beerus unimportant
Vegeta has struggled to keep up since he was introduced
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>>136065665
yet he keeps up and is even on par now
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>>136066180
>Vegeta takes one step forward
>Kakarot takes 2
>Vegeta takes 3 steps forward
>Kakarot takes 4

Bulma gets slapped and then vegeta is stronger for about 5 minutes until goku becomes a god
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>>136063964
>Solar Flare + Destructo Disk
Krillin could do both though. Now Shin Kikoho into Kienzan could work.
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Kuwabara was too manly for the Demon World tourney anyway. He had priorities with keeping up with his studies. As much I hated him getting the shaft in the final arc. He still ended up getting the girl, going to a decent college, and still having a best friend who is also his rival.

Kuwabara!

Fuck yeah!
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>>136062435
Does picrelated count?
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>>136068874

Meant for >>136062957
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>>136068874
Not really, he used it most of the time, it's just that he got slapped with an easily exploitable weakness that made it useless.
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>>136063253
Ryoga truly was best boy
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>>136067124

When did he get a girl?
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>>136067124
He was fucking great.
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Hiei and Yusuke both faced demon kings in the same round of the tournament and they both got rekt. The only time Yusuke is significantly stronger than the others is when he gets Genkai's spirit orb, and when he first comes back to life as a demon.
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This is another reason I love Gash Bell. Brago was a rival done right.
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>>136070917
Yeah I loved how brago was introduced strong, and keep progressing even further through the whole story
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>>136066691
Well now they're really equal and official word says it's over with Vegeta's jobbing. I won't be surprised if, after 300+ episodes of Super both Goku and Vegeta are going to end up either as Gods of Destruction or their mentors, like Whis and Vados.
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>>136067124
Kuwabara is love
Kuwabara is life
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>>136068930
Hiei's sister
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Primaries, is this the same case for miyata-kun?
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>tfw Smoker used to be one of the guys Luffy could never hope to beat in a 1 on 1 fight and mirrored him in the sense that his strength far outclassed his actual ranking/reputation
>now he is nigh useless because of LOLHAKI and is a prime example of being a jobber
If only this wasn't a children's manga and he could use smoke to fuck up people's lungs or eyes or something.
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>>136072455
No, but don't expect them to ever fight
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>>136062235
That's Kuwabara not Hiei
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>>136072455
Miyata grows through severe physical and mental suffering. Ippo now grows through everyone telling him how stagnant he is and his coach giving him unusual training.
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Happened in Fairy Tail with Gray. He was Natsu's rival in the guild, and then he got shafted for Gajeel. Thankfully, the mangaka seems to have seen the error of his ways and made Gray the rival again instead of Vegeta 2.0.
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>>136062235
Hiei never got to that point

at least in the manga he always one-shotted his enemies (I think the anime did sort of nerf him).
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>>136070917
Bari > Brago
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>>136072522
Smoker was the first Logia user he fought, so he didn't have a frame of reference.
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>>136070917
yeah Gash's crew all caught up nicely

to the point you had to pull bullshit to get rid of them

on the flipside you got Shaman King
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>>136075175
The duck guy might have been stronger than Gash too.
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>>136062235
>author forgets about the rival
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>>136075201
He was stronger, the only reason he got his book burnt is because it was sniped.

>>136075175
Wasn't Yoh like the 4th/5th weakest?

Also it was interesting to note how similar Yoh and Hao's teams are. Hao had loyal followers who saw him as a god and Faust and Ryo practically worshiped Yoh and Anna since they brought them happiness
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>>136076272
basically none of the shaman king cast could keep up not even the MC
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>>136062235
>a girl has on MC romantic interest
>MC friendzones her without any explanation
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>>136076367
and japs wonder about their declining birth rates
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>>136076435
Herbivore guys desu
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>>136068874
BEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEES
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>>136073178
Kuwabara was a jobber from the moment he's introduced. It's part of his character, he knows he could never beat Yusuke but he fights him anyway because he's a man.
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