Just to add a note here, a bit off topic.
Is this a growing trend here for scifi/fantasy?
You have popular tv shows/movies where the only way a villian can be defeated is if the hero becomes just as powerful. We have the typical super hero shows where the good guys have to be able to match the enemy in strength as usual or by teaming up and by combining become just as powerful, then you have very popular anime series like DBZ where the character trains and ups his strength and is now able to blow up a planet.
This factor you've observed is one of the main attractions for the TV series Game of Thrones, or it's even better book-form A Song of Ice & Fire. Even the biggest baddest characters can get taken down for no better reason than they were looking the wrong way at the wrong time.
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