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23rd Apr '17 1:24:40 AM LucaEarlgrey
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* In ''Manga/InitialD'', Takeshi Nakazato sees drifting as unnecessary flashiness, instead favoring a more BoringButPractical grip-driving style.
11th Apr '17 5:10:20 PM kouta
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** The reason it flew only a few hundred yards was the guy behind it, Howard Hughes, was trying to prove that it could, in fact, actually fly during Congressional hearings into the money he'd extracted from the US government to build it (and one criticism was that it wasn't able to fly). It wasn't a bad idea, it just turned out to be too late and not needed. During WWII, it was not always clear that it would turn out to be possible to stop U-boat attacks on Allied convoys sufficiently to keep supply shipments to Britain going, so Hughs proposed giant transport aircraft instead. The Spruce Goose was the prototype. As things went, it wasn't ready for testing until years after the war ended and a whole bunch of things made U-boats themselves fall into this category before the end of the war anyway.

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** The reason it flew only a few hundred yards was the guy behind it, Howard Hughes, was trying to prove that it could, in fact, actually fly during Congressional hearings into the money he'd extracted from the US government to build it (and one criticism was that it wasn't able to fly). It wasn't a bad idea, it just turned out to be too late and not needed. During WWII, it was not always clear that it would turn out to be possible to stop U-boat attacks on Allied convoys sufficiently to keep supply shipments to Britain going, so Hughs proposed giant transport aircraft instead. The Spruce Goose was the prototype. As things went, it wasn't ready for testing until years after the war ended and a whole bunch of things made U-boats themselves fall into this category before the end of the war anyway.anyway.
*** It didn't help that the B-29 (a long-range strategic bomber) could do the job the ''Spruce Goose'' was meant to do (i.e. delivering critical things from the US to Europe) faster while using substantially less fuel. It took 24,000hp and 8 engines just for the ''Spruce Goose'' to make its one and only flight. A B-29 had about 8,800hp, a 20,000lb payload, and a 3,250mi range. That's about 200mi short of New York to London and 250mi past what the ''Spruce Goose'' was intended to do. A fully loaded B-29 needed to stop in Iceland to refuel and could make something like a 5,600 mile long ferry flight.
10th Apr '17 4:21:48 PM nombretomado
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* Similar to the ''Dune'' example, in SergeyLukyanenko's ''LordFromPlanetEarth'' trilogy, most weapons are rendered inert by [[AppliedPhlebotinum neutralizing fields]], resulting in armies armed with {{Absurdly Sharp Sword}}s. Strange that no one thinks of using chemical or biological warfare, although given that said fields also stop destructive nuclear fission, fusion, and matter/antimatter annihilation, it isn't too farfetched to assume it also blocks these as well. Along comes a typical human male, who spent a few tours of duty in war zones on modern-day Earth, and almost immediately comes up with primitive weapons that still work in the field, such as a DeadlyDisc and a gun that shoots small versions of it powered by a mix of compressed air and a magnetic coil. Cue the horrified reactions of HumanAliens used to [[HonorBeforeReason honorable duels]], when one such disc takes a man's head clean off. Definitely a case of HumansAreWarriors.

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* Similar to the ''Dune'' example, in SergeyLukyanenko's Creator/SergeyLukyanenko's ''LordFromPlanetEarth'' trilogy, most weapons are rendered inert by [[AppliedPhlebotinum neutralizing fields]], resulting in armies armed with {{Absurdly Sharp Sword}}s. Strange that no one thinks of using chemical or biological warfare, although given that said fields also stop destructive nuclear fission, fusion, and matter/antimatter annihilation, it isn't too farfetched to assume it also blocks these as well. Along comes a typical human male, who spent a few tours of duty in war zones on modern-day Earth, and almost immediately comes up with primitive weapons that still work in the field, such as a DeadlyDisc and a gun that shoots small versions of it powered by a mix of compressed air and a magnetic coil. Cue the horrified reactions of HumanAliens used to [[HonorBeforeReason honorable duels]], when one such disc takes a man's head clean off. Definitely a case of HumansAreWarriors.
4th Apr '17 4:00:35 AM TroperBeDoper
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* The Omni-Directional Movement gear from ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' is a unique example of this. It's the only consistent way to bring down a Titan, and it looks pretty badass in the right hands. Problem is, it's about as useless mittens to a snake in the flatland areas outside the wall. It also runs on a quickly depleting supply of gas, and the cables they use to get around are often snagged by the Titans, leading to the users end.

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* The Omni-Directional Movement gear from ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' is a unique example of this. It's the only consistent way to bring down a Titan, and it looks pretty badass in the right hands. Problem is, it's about as useless as mittens to a snake in the flatland areas outside the wall. It also runs on a quickly depleting supply of gas, and the cables they use to get around are often snagged by the Titans, leading to the users end.



* Every RubeGoldbergDevice from Rube Goldberg's comic strips. Even moreso because of the need to create the darn things in the first place.

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* Every RubeGoldbergDevice from Rube Goldberg's comic strips. Even moreso more so because of the need to create the darn things in the first place.
28th Mar '17 12:12:50 PM TheSinful
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* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12290311/7/The-Black-Emperor The Black Emperor]]'' the Burai is touted as the first Japanese Knightmare Frame, but is noted by several to just be a Glasgow with improved armor on the forearms and a chest cannon. Unlike later models, Glasgows are fragile enough that an rpg can take one out and have such poor performance that Kallen, one of the best pilots in the world, struggles against average pilots in Sutherlands. As a result, when the Black Knights get a shipment of them, Zero strips them down to their cockpits and repurposes them as training simulators until his own Knightmares are completed.
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16th Mar '17 10:48:39 AM nombretomado
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* Cited and [[http://narbonic.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2003/06/030607.jpg made symbolic]] in ''{{Narbonic}}'':

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* Cited and [[http://narbonic.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2003/06/030607.jpg made symbolic]] in ''{{Narbonic}}'':''{{Webcomic/Narbonic}}'':
21st Feb '17 4:09:26 PM Gideoncrawle
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* ''Series/StargateAtlantis'':
** Averted by Ancient holding cells, which do have an energy barrier but also, the common sense precaution of real bars... If only they'd been so sensible the rest of the time...
** When the team finds a group of living Ancients in between galaxies, the reason they're still alive is that they've been in relativistic travel at 0.99999 times the speed of light for the past 10,000 years. [=McKay=] comments that flying that fast is a ''really'' impressive feat... but also not very useful in a universe where FTLTravel exists, as demonstrated by the fact that it took them 10,000 years just to get outside their starting galaxy.

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* ''Series/StargateAtlantis'':
** Averted by Ancient holding cells, which do have an energy barrier but also, the common sense precaution of real bars... If only they'd been so sensible the rest of the time...
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''Series/StargateAtlantis'': When the team finds a group of living Ancients in between galaxies, the reason they're still alive is that they've been in relativistic travel at 0.99999 times the speed of light for the past 10,000 years. [=McKay=] comments that flying that fast is a ''really'' impressive feat... but also not very useful in a universe where FTLTravel exists, as demonstrated by the fact that it took them 10,000 years just to get outside their starting galaxy.



* Averted in the original ''Series/BattlestarGalactica1978'' series, which happily indulged in the use laser technology on a regular basis. Laser pistols were common among both Colonial warriors and Cylon Centurions, and unless they were damaged beyond repair. Could always be counted upon to preform properly.



** [[AvertedTrope Averted]] in the case of spells. At first glance ''all of them'' are ridiculously overpriced, often costing more Arcane Points that it's possible to have, turning spellcasting into a highly inefficient playstyle. [[ReadTheFreakingManual But if you carefully read the rules]], they also show how high skill and additional successes during hit rolls reduce the intake of Arcane Points to almost nothing, or at least to bearable amounts.



* Averted in ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'', in which it is specifically mentioned that conventional firearms are frequently preferred, as they are less likely to cause Explosive Decompression in an on-ship fire fight. Schlock himself uses a massive antique of a plasma gun instead of far more efficient modern handguns, specifically for the glow in the barrel and the ommmmmmmminous hummmmmmmm as it charges. At one point Schlock obtained a pair of impressive {{BFG}}s from his enemies, then sawed off half the barrel to make them fit within his mouth and triple wielded them with the plasgun. The result was quite intimidating, especially to anyone who recognized how likely it was to blow up in his face.
26th Jan '17 4:35:24 AM Vir
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* Lampshaded in ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' in the episode Ed, Ed and Away, when at the beginning of the episode the Eds are selling bikes. They manage to catch Kevin's eye with an impressive-looking 3-wheeler, which he quickly takes out for a spin, only for it to quickly fall apart because it's made from hand-me-down kitchenware.

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* Lampshaded in ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' in the episode Ed, "Ed, Ed and Away, Away", when at the beginning of the episode the Eds are selling bikes. They manage to catch Kevin's eye with an impressive-looking 3-wheeler, which he quickly takes out for a spin, only for it to quickly fall apart because it's made from hand-me-down kitchenware.
26th Jan '17 4:34:52 AM Vir
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-->'''Double-D:''' He can't do that, Eddy! You said he wouldn't do that! You said build a bike that ''looks'' good! That's it! That's all!
-->'''Eddy:''' Looking good is what it's all about, Double D. You just ''lie'' about the other stuff.

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-->'''Double-D:''' -->'''Edd:''' He can't do that, Eddy! You said he wouldn't do that! You said build a bike that ''looks'' good! That's it! That's all!
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all!\\
'''Eddy:'''
Looking good is what it's all about, Double D. You just ''lie'' about the other stuff.
14th Jan '17 12:30:35 AM Zaptech
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* In ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', Remnant's communications network is dependent on four central relay towers, one in each kingdom. If even one goes down, the entire network goes with it. As Professor Ozpin points out in the "World of Remnant" short explaining the system, the setup makes for a powerful metaphor about cooperation being necessary for humanity's survival. However, the metaphor seems to be the only upside; if any of the towers goes down, it's probably because something ''very'' bad is happening, which makes real-time communication over long distances even more important. There's a reason engineers try to build redundancy into just about everything in real life.
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