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27th Jul '16 9:59:59 AM Morgenthaler
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* The final boss of a Genocide run in ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'', [[spoiler:Sans the skeleton]], whom you've given ''very'' good reasons to resort to this trope. Unlike every other enemy, they get to take the first turn, and they take full advantage of it by throwing you right into facemelting blitz of attacks. If you try to fight them, they'll just [[NonchalantDodge casually sidestep]] your attack ([[DangerouslyGenreSavvy "What? You think I'm just going to stand there and take it?"]]), [[SNKBoss blatantly defying the rules of turn-based RPGs.]] Later on, they'll even attack you [[InterfaceScrew while you're in the menu between turns]]. At the end of the battle, they top it all off by [[spoiler:doing nothing during their turn so it'll last forever, so that you'll be forced to give up and quit the game. Unfortunately for them, this strategy doesn't work out.]]

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* The final boss of a Genocide run in ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'', [[spoiler:Sans the skeleton]], whom you've given ''very'' good reasons to resort to this trope. Unlike every other enemy, they get to take the first turn, and they take full advantage of it by throwing you right into facemelting blitz of attacks. If you try to fight them, they'll just [[NonchalantDodge casually sidestep]] your attack ([[DangerouslyGenreSavvy "What? ("What? You think I'm just going to stand there and take it?"]]), it?"), [[SNKBoss blatantly defying the rules of turn-based RPGs.]] Later on, they'll even attack you [[InterfaceScrew while you're in the menu between turns]]. At the end of the battle, they top it all off by [[spoiler:doing nothing during their turn so it'll last forever, so that you'll be forced to give up and quit the game. Unfortunately for them, this strategy doesn't work out.]]
26th Jul '16 8:39:58 PM DalekTheSupreme
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** The final boss of the neutral route, [[spoiler:Flowey the Flower]], who has at this point [[spoiler:achieved near godhood,]] will launch a veritable ([[Bullet Hell]]) of all manner of horrifying attacks at you, taking very little damage when you can fight them, and will even go as far as to [[spoiler:save and load the game at will]] to further confuse and disorientate you even further. Heck, you're only able to beat them because [[spoiler:the human souls Flowey has absorbed fight back against them and help you.]]

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** The final boss of the neutral route, [[spoiler:Flowey the Flower]], who has at this point [[spoiler:achieved near godhood,]] will launch a veritable ([[Bullet Hell]]) Bullet Hell of all manner of horrifying attacks at you, taking very little damage when you can fight them, and will even go as far as to [[spoiler:save and load the game at will]] to further confuse and disorientate you even further. Heck, you're only able to beat them because [[spoiler:the human souls Flowey has absorbed fight back against them and help you.]]
26th Jul '16 8:39:18 PM DalekTheSupreme
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** The final boss of the neutral route, [[spoiler:Flowey the Flower]], who has at this point [[spoiler:achieved near godhood,]] will launch a veritable [[Bullet Hell]] of all manner of horrifying attacks at you, taking very little damage when you can fight them, and will even go as far as to [[spoiler:save and load the game at will]] to further confuse and disorientate you even further. Heck, you're only able to beat them because [[spoiler:the human souls Flowey has absorbed fight back against them and help you.]]

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** The final boss of the neutral route, [[spoiler:Flowey the Flower]], who has at this point [[spoiler:achieved near godhood,]] will launch a veritable [[Bullet Hell]] ([[Bullet Hell]]) of all manner of horrifying attacks at you, taking very little damage when you can fight them, and will even go as far as to [[spoiler:save and load the game at will]] to further confuse and disorientate you even further. Heck, you're only able to beat them because [[spoiler:the human souls Flowey has absorbed fight back against them and help you.]]
26th Jul '16 8:38:29 PM DalekTheSupreme
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** The final boss of the neutral route, [[spoiler:Flowey the Flower]], who has at this point [[spoiler:achieved near godhood,]] will launch a veritable [[Bullet Hell]] of all manner of horrifying attacks at you, taking very little damage when you can fight them, and will even go as far as to [[spoiler:save and load the game at will]] to further confuse and disorientate you even further. Heck, you're only able to beat them because [[spoiler:the human souls Flowey has absorbed fight back against them and help you.]]
7th Jul '16 9:14:38 PM manofwarb
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*** Infiltrators in particular have no moral objections to becoming completely invisible, shooting people clean through walls with heavy sniper rifles, hacking turrets to go after the engineers deploying them, and even - with the correct DLC for ''3'' - mind-controlling enemies into beating the snot out of each other.

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*** Infiltrators in particular have no moral objections to becoming completely invisible, using their omni-tools to set enemies on fire, [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs setting enemies on fire while cloaked]], shooting people clean through walls with heavy sniper rifles, hacking turrets to go after the engineers deploying them, and even - with the correct DLC for ''3'' - mind-controlling enemies into beating the snot out of each other.


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** Cerberus Daily News reports on the [[PrivateMilitaryContractors corporate invasion of Garvug]] shows ''humans'' being pragmatic to [[TheChessmaster chessmaster levels]]. When three human run companies raise an army and use it to prop up a puppet government on Garvug, a Krogan warlord starts an insurgency. Rather than stick around and grind it out in a long, bloody and costly counterinsurgency campaign, the companies "manufacture" a rift between them, one company pulls out outright, another one announces via a public shareholders meeting that they are pulling out, and even let their stock price tank. Once they pull out and the insurgents recapture Garvug's seat of government, the corporate forces deploy a cruiser fleet out of nowhere, and devastate Garvug's capital, inflicting massive casualties on the insurgency including its leader, and obliterating it. The withdrawal was an elaborate ruse to draw the insurgents out of hiding, concentrate them in one location, then finish them off.
30th Jun '16 2:37:10 AM Ninjat126
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* Any player character in ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' who has a high sneak skill probably fights in the most unfair way possible. Sneak up behind a foe and stab them with a dagger or fire a poisoned arrow at their face before they know you're there are common tactics for a pragmatic character. Pragmatism is the name of the game with a thief-type character, especially, because they're basically {{Glass Cannon}}s.

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** There's a spell that disguises you as a random destructible object. Another spell makes you partially transparent. Another hides your weapon so your enemy can't guess your fighting style.
** Why engage in magic duel when you can just wait for your opponent to bow and then [[WaveMotionGun hit them with Dark Bead]].
** Equip the right armour sets and you can disguise yourself as a less experienced player... or even an NPC.
** The third installment is the ''king'' of this trope.
*** Invaded by a hostile player? Equip an item to automatically SummonBiggrrFish to back you up. Then use a consumable item to make the level enemies hostile to the invader, [[XanatosGambit so either the NPCs kill the invader or the invader kills the NPCs]].
*** As an invader, use a combination of rings to make you look like a (non-tangible) ghost, then backstab your target while their guard is down.
*** Host makes the level NPCs hostile to you? Aggro as many as you can, then [[HoistByHisOwnPetard lead them right to him!]]
* Any player character in ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' in''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' who has a high sneak skill probably fights in the most unfair way possible. Sneak up behind a foe and stab them with a dagger or fire a poisoned arrow at their face before they know you're there are common tactics for a pragmatic character. Pragmatism is the name of the game with a thief-type character, especially, because they're basically {{Glass Cannon}}s.
18th May '16 9:59:12 AM PixelKnight
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* The final boss of a Genocide run in ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'', [[spoiler:Sans the skeleton]], whom you've given ''very'' good reasons to resort to this trope. Unlike every other enemy, they get to take the first turn, and they take full advantage of it by throwing you right into facemelting blitz of attacks. If you try to fight them, they'll just [[NonchalantDodge casually sidestep]] your attack ([[DangerouslyGenreSavvy "What? You think I'm just going to stand there and take it?"]]), blatantly defying the rules of turn-based [=RPGs=]. Later on, they'll even attack you [[InterfaceScrew while you're in the menu between turns]]. At the end of the battle, they top it all off by [[spoiler:doing nothing during their turn so it'll last forever, so that you'll be forced to give up and quit the game. Unfortunately for them, this strategy doesn't work out.]]

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* The final boss of a Genocide run in ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'', [[spoiler:Sans the skeleton]], whom you've given ''very'' good reasons to resort to this trope. Unlike every other enemy, they get to take the first turn, and they take full advantage of it by throwing you right into facemelting blitz of attacks. If you try to fight them, they'll just [[NonchalantDodge casually sidestep]] your attack ([[DangerouslyGenreSavvy "What? You think I'm just going to stand there and take it?"]]), [[SNKBoss blatantly defying the rules of turn-based [=RPGs=]. RPGs.]] Later on, they'll even attack you [[InterfaceScrew while you're in the menu between turns]]. At the end of the battle, they top it all off by [[spoiler:doing nothing during their turn so it'll last forever, so that you'll be forced to give up and quit the game. Unfortunately for them, this strategy doesn't work out.]]
17th May '16 2:13:30 PM Willbyr
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* Sora in KingdomHearts is this; he's somewhat lacking in true swordsmanship, so he uses his Keyblade as a club. The second game, in particular, gives him numerous Action Commands that depict him disarming opponents and attacking from behind.

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* Sora in KingdomHearts Franchise/KingdomHearts is this; he's somewhat lacking in true swordsmanship, so he uses his Keyblade as a club. The second game, in particular, gives him numerous Action Commands that depict him disarming opponents and attacking from behind.
3rd Apr '16 11:35:09 PM LucaEarlgrey
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* The final boss of a Genocide run in ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'', [[spoiler:Sans the skeleton]]. Unlike every other enemy, they get to take the first turn, and they take full advantage of it by throwing you right into facemelting blitz of attacks. If you try to fight them, they'll just [[NonchalantDodge casually sidestep]] your attack ([[DangerouslyGenreSavvy "What? You think I'm just going to stand there and take it?"]]), blatantly defying the rules of turn-based [=RPGs=]. Later on, they'll even attack you [[InterfaceScrew while you're in the menu between turns]]. At the end of the battle, they top it all off by [[spoiler:doing nothing during their turn so it'll last forever, so that you'll be forced to give up and quit the game. Unfortunately for them, this strategy doesn't work out.]]

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* The final boss of a Genocide run in ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'', [[spoiler:Sans the skeleton]].skeleton]], whom you've given ''very'' good reasons to resort to this trope. Unlike every other enemy, they get to take the first turn, and they take full advantage of it by throwing you right into facemelting blitz of attacks. If you try to fight them, they'll just [[NonchalantDodge casually sidestep]] your attack ([[DangerouslyGenreSavvy "What? You think I'm just going to stand there and take it?"]]), blatantly defying the rules of turn-based [=RPGs=]. Later on, they'll even attack you [[InterfaceScrew while you're in the menu between turns]]. At the end of the battle, they top it all off by [[spoiler:doing nothing during their turn so it'll last forever, so that you'll be forced to give up and quit the game. Unfortunately for them, this strategy doesn't work out.]]
23rd Mar '16 2:05:05 AM thatmadork
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** Erron Black from ''X'' is a gunslinger who doesn't really have a problem with shooting someone in the face at point-blank range. One of his Brutalities is him tackling the opponent to the floor and then [[TheresNoKillLikeOverkill emptying every shot in his two revolvers into the poor sod's mug]].
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