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5th Jan '17 10:52:39 PM BattleMaster
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** A non-parody ass pull showed up later, however. [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0767.html The Potion of Glibness]], which Elan claims he bought while they were separated despite it never being mentioned before. At least he and Hinjo went to several island states giving him plenty of opportunity to buy it.

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** A non-parody more serious ass pull showed up later, however. [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0767.html The Potion of Glibness]], which Elan claims he bought while they were separated despite it never being mentioned before. At least he and Hinjo went to several island states giving him plenty of opportunity to buy it. This too is a parody of the tendency of gamers to squirrel away random potions and other single-use magic items that they promptly forget about, then somewhere down the line get into a situation where they suddenly remember that they have this thing that might actually be helpful.
5th Jan '17 10:47:45 PM BattleMaster
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* In ''TabletopGame/MutantsAndMasterminds'', you can spend hero points to pull stuff out of thin air. For example, your superhero Hypervolt might spend a hero point to pull some some smoke grenades from his utility belt, to pick up that Improved Grapple feat when you really ''need'' to grab the enemy, or even buy an Alternate Power feat for his electrical control and turn out to be able to create an aura of lightning around himself.

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* In ''TabletopGame/MutantsAndMasterminds'', you can spend hero points to pull stuff out of thin air. For example, your superhero Hypervolt might spend a hero point to pull some some smoke grenades from his utility belt, to pick up that Improved Grapple feat when you really ''need'' to grab the enemy, or even buy an Alternate Power feat for his electrical control and turn out to be able to create an aura of lightning around himself. There's also the Gadget power, which functions like the Device power (you have a piece of super-powered equipment, whether it's a magic sword or PoweredArmor) except that you can actively switch out the function of the Gadget on the fly for whatever you currently need, up to the power level of the Gadget. So you could take a laser pistol, turn it into a jetpack if you needed to fly, or an extendible ladder, or a cloaking device, it's really limited to how many hero points you spent on your Gadget.
1st Jan '17 7:16:53 PM MyFinalEdits
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*** For an example of the "Character Made It Up On The Spot", in ''[[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries The Original Series]]'' episode "The Corbomite Maneuver" Kirk pulls some Corbomite out of his ass, calling it a material that can reflect the attackers' destructive potential back on them and everything else in a large area and then some. It was entirely a bluff to get Balok to back down. It worked so well, he pulls it out again for some Romulans in "The Deadly Years".
*** Then they actually ''made'' a Corbomite Reflector -- it's the special equipment of TheFederation capital ships in ''VideoGame/StarTrekArmada''. It was simply named after Kirk's bluff and that games don't count in ''Franchise/StarTrek'' {{canon}}.
*** Notably, Harlan Band tries the exact same maneuver (in a bit of a ShoutOut) against the Spung in an episode of ''Series/SpaceCases''. It doesn't work, apparently because the Spung warlord is played by Creator/GeorgeTakei.
*** Kirk is clearly the master of this maneuver, as in "A Piece of the Action," he generates the card game Fizzbin from the orifice mentioned in the trope's name, [[CalvinBall complete with nigh-indescribable rules]]. Suffice it to say, you don't want two jacks and a king on a Tuesday night.
*** Kirk's mastery of this extends as far as confusing people long enough to get a good grip on the table that's going to be upended.
*** Fizzbinn was later mentioned as a game in Quark's (in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'').

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*** For an example of the "Character Made It Up On The Spot", in ''[[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries The Original Series]]'' episode "The Corbomite Maneuver" Kirk pulls some Corbomite out of his ass, calling it a material that can reflect the attackers' destructive potential back on them and everything else in a large area and then some. It was entirely a bluff to get Balok to back down. It worked so well, he pulls it out again for some Romulans in "The Deadly Years".
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Years". Then they actually ''made'' a Corbomite Reflector -- it's the special equipment of TheFederation capital ships in ''VideoGame/StarTrekArmada''. It was simply named after Kirk's bluff and that games don't count in ''Franchise/StarTrek'' {{canon}}.
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{{canon}}. Notably, Harlan Band tries the exact same maneuver (in a bit of a ShoutOut) against the Spung in an episode of ''Series/SpaceCases''. It doesn't work, apparently because the Spung warlord is played by Creator/GeorgeTakei.
*** Kirk is clearly the master of this maneuver, as in "A Piece of the Action," he generates the card game Fizzbin from the orifice mentioned in the trope's name, [[CalvinBall complete with nigh-indescribable rules]]. Suffice it to say, you don't want two jacks and a king on a Tuesday night.
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night. Kirk's mastery of this extends as far as confusing people long enough to get a good grip on the table that's going to be upended.
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upended. Fizzbinn was later mentioned as a game in Quark's (in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'').



** It's helped a bit when it turns out that her using such powerful spells has pissed off several witch spirits, who are now very reluctant to help her again.



* ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' has several advantages that let the ''players'' do this, including Gizmos, which allows you to pull out a small item out of nowhere, as long as it is something your character would have, and Wild Talent, which lets you perform an untrained skill, and learn it permanently with an enhancement.
** Several supplements have expanded on these rules to specifically model this trope, and explain the rationale for it in drama/action/comedy.
** GURPS also includes psionics rules, including powers similar to this that allow a precognitive character to retcon a [[CrazyPrepared counter to a situation they would have foreseen]], so long as it doesn't contradict events that have already happened. So a character who is captured and hauled before the BigBad could have a derringer on them... but ''only'' if they haven't actually been searched "on camera".

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* ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'':
** The game
has several advantages that let the ''players'' do this, including Gizmos, which allows you to pull out a small item out of nowhere, as long as it is something your character would have, and Wild Talent, which lets you perform an untrained skill, and learn it permanently with an enhancement.
enhancement.
** Several supplements have expanded on these rules to specifically model this trope, and explain the rationale for it in drama/action/comedy. \n** GURPS also includes psionics rules, including powers similar to this that allow a precognitive character to retcon a [[CrazyPrepared counter to a situation they would have foreseen]], so long as it doesn't contradict events that have already happened. So a character who is captured and hauled before the BigBad could have a derringer on them... but ''only'' if they haven't actually been searched "on camera".
1st Jan '17 11:31:45 AM BlackSunNocturne
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'Cause if we find we're in a bwind,\\

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'Cause if we find we're in a bwind,\\bind,\\



-->-- '''Music/{{Voltaire}}''', "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4bBD5yyT-s0 The USS Make Shit Up]]"

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-->-- '''Music/{{Voltaire}}''', "[[http://www."[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4bBD5yyT-s0 com/watch?v=xwhAq3F8NCE The USS Make Shit Up]]"


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** This trope is so endemic to Star Trek that musician [[Music/{{Voltaire}} Aurelio Voltaire]] made a song that's ''entirely'' about [[LampshadeHanging hanging a lampshade]] on it, the end of which is the page's quote.
30th Dec '16 10:16:33 PM scooter
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** For an example of the "Character Made It Up On The Spot", in ''[[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries The Original Series]]''' "The Corbomite Maneuver" Kirk pulls some Corbomite out of his ass, calling it a material that can reflect the attackers' destructive potential back on them and everything else in a large area and then some. It was entirely a bluff to get Balok to back down. It worked so well, he pulls it out again for some Romulans in "The Deadly Years".
** Then they actually ''made'' a Corbomite Reflector -- it's the special equipment of TheFederation capital ships in ''VideoGame/StarTrekArmada''. It was simply named after Kirk's bluff and that games don't count in ''Franchise/StarTrek'' {{canon}}.
** Notably, Harlan Band tries the exact same maneuver (in a bit of a ShoutOut) against the Spung in an episode of ''Series/SpaceCases''. It doesn't work, apparently because the Spung warlord is played by Creator/GeorgeTakei.



** Kirk is clearly the master of this maneuver, as in "A Piece of the Action," he generates the card game Fizzbin from the orifice mentioned in the trope's name, [[CalvinBall complete with nigh-indescribable rules]]. Suffice it to say, you don't want two jacks and a king on a Tuesday night.
** Kirk's mastery of this extends as far as confusing people long enough to get a good grip on the table that's going to be upended.
** Fizzbinn was later mentioned as a game in Quark's (in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'').

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** Similarly, in the ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Next Gen]]'' episode "Ethics", Worf is injured seriously enough to be paralyzed. He asks Riker to kill him before finally submitting to experimental surgery. [[spoiler: The surgery fails and Worf is declared dead.]] Then, in the words of [[http://memory-alpha.wikia.com/wiki/Worf Memory Alpha]], "Due to the redundancies of Klingon physiology, where every organ in the Klingon body has a backup organ that activates whenever damage occurs to the first, his internal backups were initiated and Worf woke up." And everyone watching sat up and said, "...the ''hell??''" These "redundancies" were never remotely alluded to before and, though they were discussed in a random ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode, this theoretically extremely important and useful feature of Klingon biology is plot-relevant exactly once, in "Ethics"--incidentally making mincemeat of the episode-titling moral considerations of euthanasia, experimental medicine, etc.
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*** For an example of the "Character Made It Up On The Spot", in ''[[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries The Original Series]]'' episode "The Corbomite Maneuver" Kirk pulls some Corbomite out of his ass, calling it a material that can reflect the attackers' destructive potential back on them and everything else in a large area and then some. It was entirely a bluff to get Balok to back down. It worked so well, he pulls it out again for some Romulans in "The Deadly Years".
**** Then they actually ''made'' a Corbomite Reflector -- it's the special equipment of TheFederation capital ships in ''VideoGame/StarTrekArmada''. It was simply named after Kirk's bluff and that games don't count in ''Franchise/StarTrek'' {{canon}}.
**** Notably, Harlan Band tries the exact same maneuver (in a bit of a ShoutOut) against the Spung in an episode of ''Series/SpaceCases''. It doesn't work, apparently because the Spung warlord is played by Creator/GeorgeTakei.
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Kirk is clearly the master of this maneuver, as in "A Piece of the Action," he generates the card game Fizzbin from the orifice mentioned in the trope's name, [[CalvinBall complete with nigh-indescribable rules]]. Suffice it to say, you don't want two jacks and a king on a Tuesday night.
** **** Kirk's mastery of this extends as far as confusing people long enough to get a good grip on the table that's going to be upended.
** **** Fizzbinn was later mentioned as a game in Quark's (in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'').
28th Dec '16 9:50:57 AM flodoris
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** This seems to be the Sharingan's signature ability, pulling out completely new, plot-changing abilities out of nowhere when an Uchiha is in a bind, with no rhyme or reason to them beyond all of them being named after Shintoist deities. Notable examples are Izanagi and Izanami.
*** [[spoiler:Izanami]] is only useful against Izanagi users and [[spoiler:Kabuto or those like him]], whom the user happened to be fighting at that moment. The fact that [[spoiler:Izanami]] was (in-universe) created solely for a very specialized purpose (countering the extremely rare Izanagi) yet turned out to also be the perfect counter to a completely different threat seals the deal.
*** The most egregious case of Sharingan Asspull had to be when [[spoiler:Madara used Susanoo '''without eyes'''. You ''need'' the Sharingan to use the Susanoo, both Sasuke and Itachi proved that when their Susanoo wavered due to their deteriorating eyesight]]. But Madara gets to ignore this ironclad rule [[CreatorsPet for some reason]].

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** This seems to be the Sharingan's signature ability, pulling out completely new, plot-changing abilities out of nowhere when an Itachi Uchiha is in a bind, with no rhyme or reason to them beyond all of them being named after Shintoist deities. Notable examples are Izanagi and Izanami.
*** [[spoiler:Izanami]]
suddenly uses Izanami. Izanami is only useful against Izanagi users and [[spoiler:Kabuto Kabuto or those like him]], him, whom the user happened to be fighting at that moment. The fact that [[spoiler:Izanami]] Izanami was (in-universe) created solely for a very specialized purpose (countering the extremely rare Izanagi) yet turned out to also be the perfect counter to a completely different threat seals the deal.
*** The most egregious case ** Madara Uchiha's abilities usually fall under this. Pulling out very large meteors out of Sharingan Asspull had to be when [[spoiler:Madara used deep space, summoning Susanoo '''without eyes'''. You ''need'' eyes''', extracting a 9 Bijuu in mere minutes, despite the Sharingan to use the Susanoo, both Sasuke and Itachi proved fact that when their Susanoo wavered due previously was necessary 9 members of the Akatsuki and 3 days to their deteriorating eyesight]]. But Madara gets extract at least one, using Kamui as the Ten-Tailed beast container despite the original wielder being incapable of doing such a thing. He is also able to ignore terminate the contract with Edo Tensei, despite the fact that even the original creator this ironclad rule [[CreatorsPet for some reason]]. jutsu does not know how to do it. [[SerialEscalation And the list goes on...]]
28th Dec '16 9:24:39 AM flodoris
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*** Obito being able to transfer his chakra and soul into Kakashi while Obito was dead and in the afterlife is quite possibly the biggest asspull the franchise has ever produced because it fundamentally retcons ''the entire concept'' of how chakra works.
** Everything about Kaguya is a concentrated storm of these for some people. Her very first mention and backstory retcons chakra from being the inherent life force in all living things to a type of energy stolen from a magic tree by Kaguya, which was passed down to all living people afterward. In fact, some people think that her entire fight against Naruto and Sasuke should fit into this trope, given how unexplained and random things were. A notable example is the apparent appearance of [[spoiler: Rin's spirit during the fight, who proceeded to seemly assist Obito and Kakashi in pulling a save against Kaguya's ash-killing bones, saving Naruto and Sasuke]]. Her relationship to [[spoiler: Black Zetsu also retcons him from being a creation of Madara Uchiha to being an entity that has been working under her orders for the past few hundred or thousand years, which includes tricking the Uchihas into turning evil and pretty much everything else that's ever gone wrong in the ''Naruto'' universe]].

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*** Obito being able to transfer his chakra and soul into Kakashi while Obito was dead and in the afterlife is quite possibly the biggest asspull the franchise has ever produced because it fundamentally retcons ''the entire concept'' of how chakra works.
** Everything about Kaguya is a concentrated storm of these for some people. Her very first mention and backstory retcons chakra from being the inherent life force in all living things to a type of energy stolen from a magic tree by Kaguya, which was passed down to all living people afterward. In [[spoiler:In fact, some people think that her entire fight against Naruto and Sasuke should fit into this trope, given how unexplained and random things were. A notable example is the apparent appearance of [[spoiler: Rin's spirit during the fight, who proceeded to seemly assist Obito and Kakashi in pulling a save against Kaguya's ash-killing bones, saving Naruto and Sasuke]]. Sasuke and subsequent ability of the eyes Obito to transfer his soul and chakra Kakashi which fully manifests a Susanoo [[InstantExpert in its stabilised perfect form in the first try]]. Her relationship to [[spoiler: Black Zetsu also retcons him from being a creation of Madara Uchiha to being an entity that has been working under her orders for the past few hundred or thousand years, which includes tricking the Uchihas into turning evil and pretty much everything else that's ever gone wrong in the ''Naruto'' universe]].Naruto universe.]]
19th Dec '16 2:52:03 PM CnHGirl
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* The highly controversial #1-2 of ''Comicbook/CaptainAmericaSteveRogers''. The first issue basically establishes that Cap's mother was spoiler: rescued from her abusive mother by a Hydra agent, subsequently resulting in Captain America spoiler: having been a Hydra plant his entire life, almost blissfully unaware of the absurdity of that alone. Despite the writers and editors repeatedly stating that this is the real Captain America, no cloning, no brainwashing, etc., it is revealed in issue #2 that Red Skull ''stole Professor X's brain, brainwashed a little girl into being a Hydra sympathizer, and she uses her RealityWarper powers to implant false memories in Cap's head to make him believe he's a Hydra agent.''

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* The highly controversial #1-2 of ''Comicbook/CaptainAmericaSteveRogers''.''Comicbook/CaptainAmerica:SteveRogers''. The first issue basically establishes that Cap's mother was spoiler: rescued from her abusive mother by a Hydra agent, subsequently resulting in Captain America spoiler: having been a Hydra plant his entire life, almost blissfully unaware of the absurdity of that alone. Despite the writers and editors repeatedly stating that this is the real Captain America, no cloning, no brainwashing, etc., it is revealed in issue #2 that Red Skull ''stole Professor X's brain, brainwashed a little girl into being a Hydra sympathizer, and she uses her RealityWarper powers to implant false memories in Cap's head to make him believe he's a Hydra agent.''
19th Dec '16 2:51:21 PM CnHGirl
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* The highly controversial #1-2 of ''Comicbook/CaptainAmericaSteveRogers''. The first issue basically establishes that Cap's mother was spoiler: rescued from her abusive mother by a Hydra agent, subsequently resulting in Captain America spoiler: having been a Hydra plant his entire life, almost blissfully unaware of the absurdity of that alone. Despite the writers and editors repeatedly stating that this is the real Captain America, no cloning, no brainwashing, etc., it is revealed in issue #2 that Red Skull ''stole Professor X's brain, brainwashed a little girl into being a Hydra sympathizer, and she uses her RealityWarper powers to implant false memories in Cap's head, apparently having done the same thing to Dr. Selvig beforehand.

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* The highly controversial #1-2 of ''Comicbook/CaptainAmericaSteveRogers''. The first issue basically establishes that Cap's mother was spoiler: rescued from her abusive mother by a Hydra agent, subsequently resulting in Captain America spoiler: having been a Hydra plant his entire life, almost blissfully unaware of the absurdity of that alone. Despite the writers and editors repeatedly stating that this is the real Captain America, no cloning, no brainwashing, etc., it is revealed in issue #2 that Red Skull ''stole Professor X's brain, brainwashed a little girl into being a Hydra sympathizer, and she uses her RealityWarper powers to implant false memories in Cap's head, apparently having done the same thing head to Dr. Selvig beforehand.make him believe he's a Hydra agent.''
19th Dec '16 2:47:55 PM CnHGirl
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* The highly controversial #1-2 of ''Comicbook/CaptainAmericaSteveRogers''. The first issue basically establishes that Cap's mother was spoiler: rescued from her abusive mother by a Hydra agent, subsequently resulting in Captain America spoiler: having been a Hydra plant his entire life, almost blissfully unaware of the absurdity of that alone. Despite the writers and editors repeatedly stating that this is the real Captain America, no cloning, no brainwashing, etc., it is revealed in issue #2 that Red Skull ''stole Professor X's brain, brainwashed a little girl into being a Hydra sympathizer, and she uses her RealityWarper powers to implant false memories in Cap's head, apparently having done the same thing to Dr. Selvig beforehand.
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