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26th May '18 3:22:59 PM NoSpoilerz
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** Xykon ironically finds himself on the other side of this trope when Vaarsuvius attacks him, having soul-bonded himself with three powerful evil sorcerers, only for Xykon to end up wiping the floor with him. Xykon delivers a very cutting TheReasonYouSuckSpeech on the importance of this very trope. But in his eagerness to teach Vaarsuvius a lesson, he forgets his own moral and begins to start getting a bit extravagant with the torture, enabling Vaarsuvius (who ''was'' paying attention) to not only escape but inflict a serious setback on Xykon[[note]]by causing him to lose his phylactery, the only thing keeping him alive[[/note]] in the process with nothing more than a first-level invisibility spell.

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** Xykon ironically finds himself on the other side of this trope when Vaarsuvius attacks him, having soul-bonded himself with three powerful evil sorcerers, only for Xykon to end up wiping the floor with him. Xykon delivers a very cutting TheReasonYouSuckSpeech on the importance of this very trope. But in his eagerness to teach Vaarsuvius a lesson, he forgets his own moral and begins to start getting a bit extravagant with the torture, enabling Vaarsuvius (who ''was'' paying attention) to not only escape but inflict a serious setback on Xykon[[note]]by causing him to lose his phylactery, the only thing keeping him alive[[/note]] in the process with nothing more than a first-level second-level invisibility spell.
24th May '18 9:18:54 PM JackG
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* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague''
** How Green Lantern John Stewart tends to use his powers in earlier episodes (somewhat justified by the fact that he's a military man). Katma Tui calls him out on it in Season 2, and from then on he gets somewhat more creative with his constructs.
** In "Eclipse", Flash is being chased through the Watchtower by a possessed Superman. He does an AirVentEscape but [[FakeoutEscape leaves a door open to the corridor outside]]. Naturally Superman assumes Flash would rely on his SuperSpeed rather than [[BoringButPractical crawl slowly through the air ducts]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague''
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''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague''. How Green Lantern John Stewart tends to use his powers in earlier episodes (somewhat justified by the fact that he's a military man). Katma Tui calls him out on it in Season 2, and from then on he gets somewhat more creative with his constructs.
** In "Eclipse", Flash is being chased through the Watchtower by a possessed Superman. He does an AirVentEscape but [[FakeoutEscape leaves a door open to the corridor outside]]. Naturally Superman assumes Flash would rely on his SuperSpeed rather than [[BoringButPractical crawl slowly through the air ducts]].
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24th May '18 9:17:19 PM JackG
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* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'': How Green Lantern John Stewart tends to use his powers in earlier episodes (somewhat justified by the fact that he's a military man). Katma Tui calls him out on it in Season 2, and from then on he gets somewhat more creative with his constructs.

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* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'': ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague''
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How Green Lantern John Stewart tends to use his powers in earlier episodes (somewhat justified by the fact that he's a military man). Katma Tui calls him out on it in Season 2, and from then on he gets somewhat more creative with his constructs.constructs.
** In "Eclipse", Flash is being chased through the Watchtower by a possessed Superman. He does an AirVentEscape but [[FakeoutEscape leaves a door open to the corridor outside]]. Naturally Superman assumes Flash would rely on his SuperSpeed rather than [[BoringButPractical crawl slowly through the air ducts]].
24th May '18 9:45:21 AM TheSinful
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* While hailed for his power as the titular dragon in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12425636/11/Dragon-Knight Dragon Knight]]'', the biggest reason [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Xander's]] army was so successful was due to him teaching them basic tactics like shield walls and rotating out men on the front line between charges. Such tactics allow his men to rather easily defeat a force five times their size due to the latter's lack of discipline. He also teaches what he knows of sanitation and modern medicine (such as digging latrines downhill from the camp to cut down on sickness).
20th May '18 9:28:06 PM Gideoncrawle
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* When Gwen is asked how she will use the $100,000 cash prize of ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland'', she says that she will use it to go traveling and then to a university to study art history.
--> '''Chris:''' Wow, that's really sweet. [[LampshadeHanging Boring, but sweet.]]

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* When Gwen is asked how she will use the $100,000 cash prize of ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland'', ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'''s first season, she says that she will use it to go traveling and then to a university to study art history.
--> '''Chris:''' Wow, that's really
history. [[TheHost Chris]] is unimpressed, and pronounces her plan "really sweet. [[LampshadeHanging Boring, but sweet.]]]]"
20th May '18 3:50:11 PM TheSinful
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* During the first [[Manga/{{Naruto}} chunin exam arc]] of the fic ''Fanfic/{{Sugar Plums}}'', there is a chapter devoted to showing some of the genin's fighting styles. When it get's to [[SelfInsert Ume]], she notes the opponent she's fighting doesn't seem to have any clear signs of being from a powerful konoha clan. So instead of doing anything flashy, she closes the distance than one by one breaks the genin's wrists before yelling to the exam proctor to call it since her opponent could no longer throw weapons, punches or use hand signs. This style of very nonflashy but efficient ways of standard combat is something that becomes a hallmark of Ume's overall fighting style which focuses mostly on very fast movements and standard ninja tools rather than large scale or [[AwesomeButImpractical complicated jutsu]].

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* During the first [[Manga/{{Naruto}} chunin exam arc]] of the fic ''Fanfic/{{Sugar Plums}}'', there is a chapter devoted to showing some of the genin's fighting styles. When it get's to [[SelfInsert Ume]], she notes the opponent she's fighting doesn't seem to have any clear signs of being from a powerful konoha clan. So instead of doing anything flashy, she closes the distance than then one by one breaks the genin's wrists before yelling to the exam proctor to call it since her opponent could no longer throw weapons, punches or use hand signs. This style of very nonflashy but efficient ways of standard combat is something that becomes a hallmark of Ume's overall fighting style which focuses mostly on very fast movements and standard ninja tools rather than large scale or [[AwesomeButImpractical complicated jutsu]].jutsu]].
* [[Literature/HarryPotter Sirius Black]] in the snippet ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8510543/24/Alternate-Beginnings-of-an-Uzumaki Magical Contracts]]'' completely changes the [[Manga/{{Naruto}} Shinobi world]] via the titular items. While not remotely flashy, the idea of contracts that are impossible to break (at least not without dire consequences) reshape the world as not only are agreements between two parties actually ironclad, but no one is willing to make an agreement without a magical contract.
15th May '18 1:48:51 PM Owlorange1995
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* Throught the third season of ''Series/TheFlash2014'', Savitar generally fights by simply rushing his opponents with his increadibly potent SuperSpeed. He tends to forgo the more advanced techniques available to speesters, like phasing or lightning-throwing, and usually doesn't even use his own unique BladeBelowTheShoulder except for suprise attacks or executing a downed enemy.
8th May '18 7:26:36 PM eduardoalamo22
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* In ''Manga/OnePiece'' [[{{Animorphism}} Zoans]] are rather dull as far as Devil Fruits go, only allowing their wielder to transform between their natural form, an animal form, and a hybrid form. Meanwhile Logias turn anyone who eats them into an ElementalEmbodiment and Paramecias grant a random superpower. However, Zoan transformations almost universally make a person stronger, faster, and tougher (not to mention possible other perks like better senses or flight) and don't require training to use properly. While they won't make the weak strong, they do make the strong stronger. Tellingly, the three strongest members of the [=CP9=] were all Zoan users, with Lucci giving Luffy the hardest fight he'd ever had in that series.

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* In ''Manga/OnePiece'' ''Manga/OnePiece'': [[{{Animorphism}} Zoans]] are rather dull as far as Devil Fruits go, only allowing their wielder to transform between their natural form, an animal form, and a hybrid form. Meanwhile Logias turn anyone who eats them into an ElementalEmbodiment and Paramecias grant a random superpower. However, Zoan transformations almost universally make a person stronger, faster, and tougher (not to mention possible other perks like better senses or flight) and don't require training to use properly. While they won't make the weak strong, they do make the strong stronger. Tellingly, the three strongest members of the [=CP9=] were all Zoan users, with Lucci giving Luffy the hardest fight he'd ever had in that series.


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* In ''Anime/LegendOfGalacticHeroes'', those who are in charge of supplies and logistics don't have the most glamorous jobs, but is thanks to them space fleets are able to function properly during a campaign.
** Vice-Admiral Edwin Fischer may not be a military genius, but he can coordinate fleet movements with almost surgical precision, and while it's not the flashiest job, he is considered invaluable by Yang Wenli.
4th May '18 2:51:29 AM onyhow
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** In D&D 5th edition, at level 2, the rogue gets access to a class feature called Cunning Action, allowing them to use a bonus action to Dash, Disengage or Hide. Sounds lame, until you realize it lets you outrun many enemies, move to tactically advantageous positions (like, say, flanking) much more easily, as well as enabling HitAndRunTactics against a group of enemy (standard action, shoot a bow. Move action, break line of sight. Bonus action, find a new sniping spot).

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** In D&D 5th edition, at level 2, the rogue gets access to a class feature called Cunning Action, allowing them to use a bonus action to Dash, Disengage or Hide. Sounds lame, until you realize it lets you outrun many enemies, move to tactically advantageous positions (like, say, flanking) much more easily, as well as enabling HitAndRunTactics against a group of enemy (standard action, shoot a bow. Move action, break line of sight. Bonus action, find a new sniping spot).spot or hide to gain advantage for sneak attack next turn).
29th Apr '18 8:24:47 PM Eon-the-Dragon
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** There are exactly three cards banned in every single format they're available in, even in formats where [[GameBreaker the Power Nine]] are allowed to be played. What kind of horrific, unspeakable powers do these cards have? [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?name=Chaos+Orb Chaos Orb]] and [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?name=Falling+Star Falling Star]] simply destroy creatures, while [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=980 Shahrazad]] makes everyone play a subgame of Magic [[note]]players have to play another game with their libraries in the middle of the first game[[/note]]. However, all three cards were so horrible to play against that they're one of the few cards that don't involve ante or have the "Conspiracy" card type and yet are banned in all formats.
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