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28th Jul '16 10:11:36 PM TheSinful
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* Julio in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11175004/13/Star-Wars-Episode-I-The-Familiar-of-Zero Star Wars Episode I: The Familiar of Zero]]'' (a Jedi in this story) massively improves the standard of living in Romalia by introducing them to the concept of indoor plumbing, eliminating the need to simply throw body waste into the streets.
23rd Jul '16 4:09:19 PM lorgskyegon
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** While they rarely are "boring", the bard is actually one of the most practical characters in the game. They may not be able to fight as well as the fighter or do damage like the barbarian, but they are up there near the top. They may not have the ultra-powerful or flashy spells of the wizard, sorcerer, or druid, but their spells are a much wider variety. They can cast both offensively and defensively and they can heal as well. They have the second-most skill knowledge behind the rouge and their high Charisma score means the GameBreaker skills of Bluff, Intimidate, and Diplomacy are going to have excellent bonuses.
23rd Jul '16 1:04:17 PM nombretomado
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* In the American ''BigBrother'', there's similar strategies to ''Series/{{Survivor}}''. However in this game, it's individual from the very start - so as a result, you want to make yourself appear to be not so much of a threat that people will target you. You want them directing their sights at someone else, not you. Thus, a fair amount of ObfuscatingStupidity is involved in making yourself appear much less of a threat than you actually are. Naturally this leads to a lot of sitting around and letting someone else strategize, so that they make themselves appear to be the threat, not you.

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* In the American ''BigBrother'', ''Series/BigBrother'', there's similar strategies to ''Series/{{Survivor}}''. However in this game, it's individual from the very start - so as a result, you want to make yourself appear to be not so much of a threat that people will target you. You want them directing their sights at someone else, not you. Thus, a fair amount of ObfuscatingStupidity is involved in making yourself appear much less of a threat than you actually are. Naturally this leads to a lot of sitting around and letting someone else strategize, so that they make themselves appear to be the threat, not you.
21st Jul '16 4:53:45 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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** Gin Ichimaru's bankai is this. His sword at basic can hit you from a distance. His bankai upgrades this to roughly 13 km, and extend/ contract at near hypersonic speeds, making it essentially a handheld railgun/sniper rifle combo. Lastly, he later reveals that it has a cell-destroying poison that WILL dissolve on verbal command. To top it off, [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy given his tendency to outright lie or omit details about his powers]], then he can win virtually any battle easily by nicking you once.

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** Gin Ichimaru's bankai is this. His sword at basic can hit you from a distance. His bankai upgrades this to roughly 13 km, and extend/ contract at near hypersonic speeds, making it essentially a handheld railgun/sniper rifle combo. Lastly, he later reveals that it has a cell-destroying poison that WILL dissolve on verbal command. To top it off, [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy given his tendency to outright lie or omit details about his powers]], powers, then he can win virtually any battle easily by nicking you once.



** In ''ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures'' he has access to much more advanced technology than in the 'classic' stories, most iconic of all the [[MorphWeapon Extransformer Shield]], with multiple functions and weapons. What are the features he uses most often? ''Extensible punch of increased power, a better paralizing beam'', and the shield, the most boring of all (with two being his old iconic weapons in an improved version), without even bothering with the flashier functions most of the time. Also, he's prone to whip out his old tricks, such as the Car-can (memory-erasing candy. Not as sophisticated as Everett Ducklair's amnesia beam, but just as effective), the rockets on his belt, and a small ball that produces a very bright flash such as the Tayoken of ''DragonBall''[='=]s fame (and, being GenreSavvy, he dropped a ''demolition ball'' on the enemy while he was blinded).

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** In ''ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures'' he has access to much more advanced technology than in the 'classic' stories, most iconic of all the [[MorphWeapon Extransformer Shield]], with multiple functions and weapons. What are the features he uses most often? ''Extensible punch of increased power, a better paralizing beam'', and the shield, the most boring of all (with two being his old iconic weapons in an improved version), without even bothering with the flashier functions most of the time. Also, he's prone to whip out his old tricks, such as the Car-can (memory-erasing candy. Not as sophisticated as Everett Ducklair's amnesia beam, but just as effective), the rockets on his belt, and a small ball that produces a very bright flash such as the Tayoken of ''DragonBall''[='=]s fame (and, being GenreSavvy, (and he dropped a ''demolition ball'' on the enemy while he was blinded).



*** Then there's the precautions they take [[GenreSavvy in case some of their super soldiers rebel]]: the beast warriors have a brainwashing chip secretly installed in their helmets, the Augmented Units have large numbers of guns trained at their back, the formidable underwater warriors can't breathe air, and so on.

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*** Then there's the precautions they take [[GenreSavvy in case some of their super soldiers rebel]]: rebel: the beast warriors have a brainwashing chip secretly installed in their helmets, the Augmented Units have large numbers of guns trained at their back, the formidable underwater warriors can't breathe air, and so on.
11th Jul '16 6:31:28 PM Discar
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* ''{{Fanfic/Fragmentation}}'' has [[OutsideContextHero Executive Outcomes]] becoming very popular by selling ZergRush quantities of simple tanks such as the [[DeathOfAThousandCuts Pike]] at dirt-cheap prices that, Pound for C-Bill, provide enough firepower to overwhelm [[HonorBeforeReason pirate 'Mech units]], making EO welcomed to planets that can't afford or are incapable of training 'Mechwarriors, but can recruit and train tank crews by the dozens.

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* ''{{Fanfic/Fragmentation}}'' has [[OutsideContextHero [[OutsideContextProblem Executive Outcomes]] becoming very popular by selling ZergRush quantities of simple tanks such as the [[DeathOfAThousandCuts Pike]] at dirt-cheap prices that, Pound for C-Bill, provide enough firepower to overwhelm [[HonorBeforeReason pirate 'Mech units]], making EO welcomed to planets that can't afford or are incapable of training 'Mechwarriors, but can recruit and train tank crews by the dozens.
7th Jul '16 6:01:34 AM Morgenthaler
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** This is also why [[TheObiWan Kakashi]] has been OverShadowedByAwesome. His signature skill is an electricity fueled punch in a series with [[RealityWarper Reality Warping]], [[KillItWithFire unquenchable black flames]] and [[EldritchAbomination giant monsters almost literally made of pure energy.]] His approach to summoning is a perfect example. Most people summon massive creatures to fight for them, Kakashi summons hunting hounds, who are much more useful for a ninja in most situations.

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** This is also why [[TheObiWan Kakashi]] Kakashi has been OverShadowedByAwesome. His signature skill is an electricity fueled punch in a series with [[RealityWarper Reality Warping]], [[KillItWithFire unquenchable black flames]] and [[EldritchAbomination giant monsters almost literally made of pure energy.]] His approach to summoning is a perfect example. Most people summon massive creatures to fight for them, Kakashi summons hunting hounds, who are much more useful for a ninja in most situations.
27th Jun '16 1:39:25 PM Willbyr
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* The advice of Gavrill from ''FrankenFran'' for the school students is a combination of this, BrutalHonesty, and FamilyUnfriendlyAesop.
-->'''Gavrill''': (to a {{gonk}}y boy) You wanna be popular with the girls? Get plastic surgery and transfer to another school. Also, practice talking to people a lot. And if you need to, lie to women or buy them off with money.

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* The advice of Gavrill from ''FrankenFran'' ''Manga/FrankenFran'' for the school students is a combination of this, BrutalHonesty, and FamilyUnfriendlyAesop.
-->'''Gavrill''': (to *''to a {{gonk}}y boy) boy''* You wanna be popular with the girls? Get plastic surgery and transfer to another school. Also, practice talking to people a lot. And if you need to, lie to women or buy them off with money.
15th Jun '16 2:30:28 PM TheSinful
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* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJt8yzR2aoY This video on teleportation]] details why using your powers to fight crime is ''far'' less useful than less interesting uses. If you can teleport into space, you can make the cost of putting satellites etc.[[note]]Normally tens, if not hundreds of millions of dollars[[/note]] in space to be nothing more than your time. If you create portals, you can just put something "large, heavy, and magnetic" between two portals to create an infinite loop. Coil some wire around said loop and you've generated infinite free electricity. Far less "awesome" than fighting crime (or causing it) but it'd save millions of lives and likely make you the richest person in the world.
13th Jun '16 8:37:03 AM DenisK21
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* ''WebAnimation/RedVsBlue'' has Agent Washington when compared to his fellow Freelancers. He's surrounded by folks with awesome armor enhancements (super speed, active camo, time distortion, and more) and AI to help run them to their fullest. What does Wash have? An assault rifle and a bio-scanner. He'd never even used an AI (the Epsilon incident saw to that). But seeing as his name has always been in the middle of the leaderboard and only ever moved once (a slot upward, by the way), he's arguably the most stable and reliable of the bunch. Who needs epic gadgets when you can have a guy who won't screw over the mission out of carelessness or pride?
10th Jun '16 7:30:09 PM sparrowspera2
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* Pretty much half the party's accomplishments in ''WebVideo/CriticalRole'' rely on the RuleOfCool, but the other half come down to good old efficient stabbing. Vax, Vex and Grog have done the majority of the damage as of Episode 56, and they mostly rely on straightforward attacks with daggers, bows, and two-handed weapons respectively (Vex has a little bit of magic, but it's nowhere near as flashy as Keyleth or Scanlan's). Even Percy - the runner-up damage dealer to those three - prefers to use his handgun rather than his flashier gadgets, because it can fire more shots before reloading and has a much lower chance of breaking or exploding. Of course, these tactics are only boring on paper: Matt's narration makes even simple stabbing seem [[WorldOfBadass insanely cool]].
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