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14th Apr '17 8:33:06 AM DoctorNemesis
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* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "The Doctor Dances", this trope is used to make an implicit comparison between the Doctor and LovableRogue conman Captain Jack Harkness. Part of this is the tools that both men use; Jack is equipped with a flashy sonic blaster which does awesome things like cut holes in walls and restore them -- against which the Doctor's sonic screwdriver, which takes hours to "resonate concrete" in order to achieve the same effect, looks more than a little naff. This earns some rather snide and dismissive comments on the screwdriver from Jack and Rose, who has fallen under Jack's sway a bit... except it turns out you can only use those cool features on the sonic blaster a handful of times before the battery completely runs out and it basically becomes a glorified paper-weight, whereas the humble-yet-trusty sonic screwdriver just keeps going and going. The point is made that while Jack has all the charm and outer trappings of the cooler-than-cool "Han Solo[=/=]Captain Kirk" space hero, he's ultimately a bit rubbish and not nearly as good as he thinks he is, while for all his eccentricities and nerdishness the Doctor is the real deal who ultimately gets the job done.
3rd Apr '17 8:24:05 PM nombretomado
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** Later zord combinations got a [[PowerRangersTurbo lot]] [[PowerRangersSamurai bulkier.]] Not only did it make them practically immobile but they always looked like they'd topple over.

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** Later zord combinations got a [[PowerRangersTurbo [[Series/PowerRangersTurbo lot]] [[PowerRangersSamurai [[Series/PowerRangersSamurai bulkier.]] Not only did it make them practically immobile but they always looked like they'd topple over.
22nd Jan '17 1:23:43 PM Jhonny
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** Long Claw, a Valyrian steel hand-and-a-half sword, is usually an efficient weapon in Jon Snow's hands, but it has been shown several times that its longer reach is a liability if Jon doesn't have a lot of space to work with
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22nd Jan '17 2:51:12 AM RobTan
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** Long Claw is usually an efficient weapon in Jon Snow's hands, but it has been shown several times that its longer reach is a liability if Jon doesn't have a lot of space to work with.

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21st Jan '17 2:51:00 PM RobTan
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** Long Claw is usually an efficient weapon in Jon Snow's hands, but it has been shown several times that its longer reach is a liability if Jon doesn't have a lot of space to work with.
20th Dec '16 3:55:45 PM gb00393
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** Wildfire's awesome destructive power is match only by the danger of handling it in a combat situation. Tyrion brings its full power to bear by laying a trap with it that eliminates the problem of misfiring catapults and fumbling handlers.
** Jaime {{lampshades}} this with his golden hand. Despite its impressive appearance, a hook would serve him better.
** The Braavosi fencing style of water dancing is considered this by the Hound, and he has a point since it is flashy and impressive but nearly useless against heavily-armoured opponents.
10th Dec '16 6:50:59 AM Morgenthaler
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** The [[BoomStick staff weapon]]. It [[BlingOfWar looks great]], it fires [[BangBangBANG loud]] [[PowerGlows bright]] bolts of plasma, the wounds look horrific, it doubles as a melee weapon... but it's also really hard to aim, rarely does damage beyond twenty meters, fires only once a second, and the wounds are self-cauterizing, meaning basic medical care makes them easily survivable. {{Badass}}es who've trained for years such as [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Teal'c and Master Bra'tac]] can hit a human-sized target at range two times out of three, but Teal'c switches to P90-s in the later seasons. \\

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** The [[BoomStick staff weapon]]. It [[BlingOfWar looks great]], it fires [[BangBangBANG loud]] [[PowerGlows bright]] bolts of plasma, the wounds look horrific, it doubles as a melee weapon... but it's also really hard to aim, rarely does damage beyond twenty meters, fires only once a second, and the wounds are self-cauterizing, meaning basic medical care makes them easily survivable. {{Badass}}es Badasses who've trained for years such as [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Teal'c and Master Bra'tac]] can hit a human-sized target at range two times out of three, but Teal'c switches to P90-s in the later seasons. \\
26th Sep '16 5:32:13 PM ZombieAladdin
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* ''Series/BattleBots'':
** Flamethrowers. They look really impressive and intimidating, and they'd definitely do damage to humans. But these are robots, which require the flames to stay close for an extended amount of time in order to inflict proper damage, and no sane opponent is going to let you do that to their bots. There has only been one case of a flamethrower unambiguously destroying an opponent, and that bot (Complete Control) had a huge clamp to immobilize the opponent.
** In 2016, drones were allowed to compete. There is no doubt seeing a flying combatant is really cool. However, because they fly, they have to be light by necessity, meaning drones are found only as small assistant bots helping a larger main unit. Also, because the fight is confined to a space more cramped than most drones are used to, drones spend more time trying not to crash into the walls than actually participating in the fight and are destroyed if the opposing bot so much as touches it.
19th Sep '16 1:49:37 PM MikeW
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** When the gang is surprised to hear Peter Gregory's company is failing after his death. They're informed that's because Gregory was financing projects like ''three'' companies working on making things invisible and turning genetically engineered fungus into cotton.

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** When the The gang is surprised to hear Peter Gregory's company is failing after his death. They're informed that's because Gregory was financing projects like ''three'' companies working on making things invisible and turning genetically engineered fungus into cotton.
19th Sep '16 1:42:58 PM MikeW
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* ''Series/SiliconValley'' nicely showcases how tech companies try to develop stuff that's way out of reach simply to show themselves "ahead of the curve." The problem being, so many of these ideas are decades away from becoming reality and, in fact, shown to not be that useful for regular lives.
** Gavin pays $20 million for a holographic conferencing tool, assuming it'll make him look amazing. However, the effect is not two-way so while Nelson can see Gavin's hologram, Gavin can't see him and it quickly turns out you can't communicate through a hologram. So they take to Skype only to have that crash on them as it's a bad expy. They're thus forced to talk over a bad long-distance phone connection, meaning Gavin wasted $20 million on a fancy light show.
** Jared tries to take a self-driving car to a house but a computer error ends up sending him onto a cargo ship. When he gets out to its island destination, Jared finds the entire place is automated and he's stuck there.
** When the gang is surprised to hear Peter Gregory's company is failing after his death. They're informed that's because Gregory was financing projects like ''three'' companies working on making things invisible and turning genetically engineered fungus into cotton.
** When his much hyped Nucleus program turns into a public disaster, a desperate Gavin turns to Nelson for help, assuming the man has been busy with new projects. He discovers Nelson has been wasting the last few weeks and company resources building a potato cannon. Nelson does show he has a system that can let people literally type texts with their minds...only it can't be achieved in anything less than 30 years.
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