The Loop (TV)
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Basic Trope: A Quirky Miniboss Squad that follows the heroes around, but are no threat at all.
- Straight: The Goldfish Gang attacks the heroes in their hometown and nearly win. They follow on for revenge, but are quickly outclassed by the heroes' rising abilities.
- The Goldfish Gang follow the heroes around for a dozen seasons, despite never, ever winning.
- The Goldfish Gang want to lose, trying to ruin the heroes' reputation.
- See Deconstructed or Reconstructed
- Inverted: The Goldfish Gang start off as a minor annoyance, but quickly outpace the heroes in power.
- Subverted: After losing, the Goldfish Gang swear to follow the heroes to the ends of the earth... but are too lazy to actually make good on it.
- Double Subverted: ...until they get word that the police are about to raid their hideout, and hit the road after all.
- Parodied: Practically every enemy the heroes beat tags along after them, despite losing every time.
- Deconstructed: The Goldfish Gang are actually following the heroes because they took something valuable to the Big Bad from the GG's lair, and he sends them off to get it back under pain of death. The trip and constant defeats are taking a heavy toll on the gang, but they keep following because they can't go home.
- Reconstructed: The Goldfish Gang actually see the heroes as fitting rivals, and constantly fight them to try and improve their own skills to one day win.
- Zig Zagged: The Goldfish Gang are sometimes a credible fighting force, but sometimes a complete joke.
- Averted: The Goldfish Gang, after losing, never appear again.
- Enforced: "The viewers loved the Goldfish Gang, even though they're villains and they lost! You need to bring them back again!"
- Lampshaded: "Good grief, you're still following us? How many times do we have to beat you to make you go away?"
- Invoked: The heroes, needing something to pass the time while they trek across the world, goad the Goldfish Gang to follow them.
- Exploited: A hero "loses" an important item to the Goldfish Gang, knowing that he will soon be searched for it by the enemy, but the GG will show up later, still carrying the item.
- Defied: The heroes are especially rough on the Goldfish Gang, to convince them not to follow.
- Discussed: "I told you we should have just ignored them. Now they're going to follow us around forever."
- Conversed: "Why would this gang keep following the good guys this long? They've lost every time!"
Go back for the Goldfish Poop Gang. You know they'll just keep following you anyway.
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